The Bengals needed a kicker after struggling to find a viable one in 2016. Cincinnati stayed loyal to Mike Nugent for more than half the season, even though he missed six extra points and six field goals. Nugent’s replacement, Randy Bullock, missed a game-winning kick against the Texans. The Bengals hadn’t drafted a specialist since 2009, when they took punter Kevin Huber, who is still with the team. That shows they are serious about Elliott, who never missed an extra point in his collegiate career and has a career long of 56 yards. This was a position of need, one the Bengals had to address.
How he fits: Although the Bengals have a habit of keeping their draft picks for at least one full season, they have a bit of wiggle room here with 12 picks. Elliott will compete with Bullock and Jonathan Brown for the kicking spot, and the last man standing could be Cincinnati’s kicker of the long-term future. The Bengals kept Shayne Graham and Nugent around for seven seasons each.
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