Zac Taylor Discusses Jermaine Burton's Character Concerns: 'Felt Really, Really Comfortable With These Guys'

Cincinnati took a chance on Burton.
Mar 2, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama wide receiver Jermaine Burton (WO02) during the 2024 NFL
Mar 2, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama wide receiver Jermaine Burton (WO02) during the 2024 NFL / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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CINCINNATI — Zac Taylor and the Bengals are confident in their vetting of new wide receiver Jermaine Burton after taking him with the 80th pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Burton assaulted a female fan during a game against Tennessee in 2022. This came after Cincinnati selected when he Joe Mixon struck a woman in college last decade.

"Felt really really comfortable with these guys and specifically about Jermaine," Taylor said. "The tape jumps out at you. We love the tape, we got to know the person. We feel really good about the pick."

Taylor noted they talked about the incident.

"We did our research on all these guys that we've talked to and made sure we're aware of every incident they've been a part of," Taylor said. "There's certainly maturity things that come with some of these guys coming out of these colleges and that's one of the things he'll continue to grow with."

Burton addressed it with the media following his selection.

“It was something I had to move past forward,” Burton said. “It was a very emotional, passionate game, and a lot was on the line. I have really learned in situations like that. We played LSU (two weeks later) and the same thing happened, and I was one of the first guys in the locker room. I quickly separated myself and understood there’s more at stake.”

Burton had the skill to likely be a top-60 player in this draft as Dan Pitcher gets excited about another option at his disposal as offensive coordinator.

"He's a legitimate take-the-top-off deep threat and to Zac's point, that's not all he does," Pitcher said. "He's a threat over the middle of the field. He separates on abrupt braking routes, and he finishes on the football in difficult situations. ... as I mentioned before, we'll mix and match those guys and that's the fun part we'll create mismatches and he'll be a good player for us."

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