Who is Jake Kumerow, and why do the Bengals like him?

Without hesitation, most Cincinnati Bengals fans can rattle off a couple of quick facts about Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, two receivers who are no longer on the roster.

But ask those same fans who Jake Kumerow is and they'll probably offer a quizzical look in return.

Maybe by the end of this summer that will change.

Kumerow was signed by the Bengals in 2015 as an undrafted free agent. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Wisconsin-Whitewater product is the son of former Dolphins first-round pick Eric Kumerow. He spent all of last season on the practice squad. From there, he impressed coaches with his ability to fire off the line of scrimmage and get quickly into his routes. Since receiver depth wasn't an issue last season, he didn't get on the field. But teammates think 2016 could be a different story.

"He's got a lot of skill, a lot of talent," tight end Tyler Eifert said. "He's smooth in the way he runs. The first time he came here, nobody knew who he was and then it was like, 'Oh? Who is that guy?' He kind of stands out. If he continues to get better and learn the offense, he could be one of those pieces."

As in, one of the pieces the Bengals will use to replace Jones and Sanu.

Much of the draft chatter concerning the Bengals this week will center upon the receiver position. Most mock drafts have the Bengals selecting a receiver in the first round, with Will Fuller (Notre Dame), Josh Doctson (TCU), Corey Coleman (Baylor) and Laquon Treadwell (Ole Miss) among the popular picks at No. 24.

But Kumerow has a leg up on any rookie receivers given his year of experience. Coaches already know what he can do well.

"Jake has unbelievable get-off," Bengals receivers coach James Urban said. "When I do my get-off drills, he'll be right with all of them in their first five or 10 yards. He really threatens the vertical. He comes off [the line of scrimmage] aggressive and he can really start and stop. Some of the routes need to be cleaned up. We run routes a little bit differently than he ran them. But he can run fast and stop -- really well."

When evaluating Division III prospects like Kumerow, it can be difficult determining if a player stands out because of the lesser competition he's facing, or if it's because he truly is a dominant player. Urban recalls the latter being the reason Kumerow caught his eye.

"He was a man among boys at times in college film and straight up dominated," Urban said. "Jake was a Division I athlete that transferred from Illinois, so he was in the gene pool so to speak in the first place. But yeah, if they're playing at that level, I want to see a guy show. I can't watch the game and be like, 'I can't remember what he did.'"

Kumerow certainly left his mark at Wisconsin-Whitewater. In three seasons there he caught 36 touchdown passes, including 14 his senior season. That same year, he had seven catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns in the Division III national championship game win over top-ranked Mount Union (Ohio).

"He was a mainstay in what they did," Urban said.

With A.J. Green, Brandon LaFell and Eifert factoring into Cincinnati's offense, Kumerow may not end up being a Bengals mainstay this season but he still has as good a shot as anyone to prove he could be.