As one of the potential sleepers in the 2016 NFL Draft, former Ole Miss wide receiver Cody Core was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round in Chicago on Saturday.
Core was the No. 199th overall pick.
At 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, Core has great size and measured very well at the combine. He ran a 4.47 40-yard dash, posted a 31.5-inch vertical leap and nine-foot, 11-inch broad jump. Core improved his vertical to 37.5 inches at Ole Miss’ pro day in March.
Core’s speed is his biggest asset, and he was a good complement to Laquon Treadwell, who selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the 23rd overall pick in the first round of the draft on Thursday, in the Rebels’ pass-heavy offense. During his last two seasons at Ole Miss, Core totaled 1,202 yards and 10 touchdowns on 78 receptions.
The biggest weakness Core will have to overcome is his route-running. When Treadwell missed time in 2014 with a season-ending leg injury, Core had a difficult time getting open as the Rebels’ No. 1 option at wide receiver.
Another feather in Core’s cap is his ability to help out on special teams, which is required for backup skill players in the SEC. Over four years at Ole Miss, Core totaled 21 tackles. He is also a solid blocker, which is a skill many teams covet from wide receivers.