The Bengals are in desperate need of a new quarterback and because of the lack of a CBA and the lockout, they're going to have to look to the draft to fill the void. The top-two prospects are Missouri's Blaine Gabbert and Auburn's Cam Newton, but whether or not either of them are worthy of being selected as high as No. 4 in the upcoming draft is a topic of much debate.
Paul recently wrote about a scouting report of Newton, which basically turned out to be a roast of Cam Newton, but as it turns out, Newton isn't the only guy getting slammed by the likes of Lisa Lampanelli, Gilbert Gottfried and any other completely unfunny comedian. Most of the other quarterbacks in this year's draft class are getting their fair share of cheap shots too.
"All I will say is that I’m glad I don’t need a quarterback this year," one NFC general manager told Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports. "If you’re telling me I have to bet the future of my team and my job on one of these guys, I would be really nervous. It’s tough enough to take a quarterback to begin with. But then you put these guys in the equation? No, thanks."
An NFC executive on Arkansas' Ryan Mallett:
"He’s the best pure passer in the draft, hands down. He’s Jeff George as a passer, Jim Everett as a person." (That’s not a compliment.)
and an NFL G.M. on Mallet:
"I would never take him. Never. He’s irresponsible, selfish and not a leader."
An AFC scout on Missouri's Blaine Gabbert:
"When I look at Gabbert, I think of Ken O’Brien. That’s the best you’ll probably get, and that’s not good enough if you’re at the top of the draft. Are you really going to build the future of your franchise around that guy? To me, it feels like settling."
An AFC G.M. on Washington's Jake Locker:
"Generally, if a quarterback isn’t accurate, you cross him off your list. It’s not worth the time. . . . The only way I’d take Locker is at the end of the second round."
Now that you're good and completely uncomfortable with 99 percent of the possible new Bengals quarterbacks, if you weren't already, let me point out the only top-ranked quarterback prospect that wasn't in attendance for the roast was Florida State's Christian Ponder.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again (and probably continue to say it), I believe that Ponder is the absolute best choice for the Bengals moving forward. He fits into the west coast offense system and he's a natural born leader without the obvious character concerns. Even though he has some durability concerns, I say he is 100 percent worth the risk. I just hope he's available for the Bengals when it's their turn to pick in the second round.
Now that you've read some of the concerns with the quarterbacks coming into this year's draft, what do you think?