As NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell strolled out to the podium to announce the Bengals first-round pick last night, there was an extreme sense of dread in the air. Most of all, I think the people who were biting their nails were mostly concerned that the Bengals would reach for a quarterback at No. 4 and select Blaine Gabbert.
When it was announced that A.J. Green was the selection, I wouldn't be surprised if most people cheered or at least breathed a sigh of relief. Then came the mad dash for quarterbacks.
First it was Jake Locker, and then Blaine Gabbert. When the Vikings selected Christian Ponder, panic set in about the Bengals and their need for a quarterback. Fortunately, the quarterback that the Bengals were reportedly most interested in, TCU's Andy Dalton, was still on the board late in the first round, and he still is. Seattle passed up the chance to select him and he fell out of the first round, despite reports that he would go to a team selecting in the top-20.
Well, it seems that I wasn't the only person nervous about the Bengals getting a quarterback in the second round. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported today that the Bengals attempted to trade picks with the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers to move back up into the first round and select a quarterback with the No. 32 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
In need of an heir apparent to Carson Palmer, the Cincinnati Bengals engaged the Green Bay Packers in trade talks for the last pick of the draft's first round Thursday night in an effort to acquire a quarterback.
According to league sources, the Bengals' presumed choice was TCU's Andy Dalton.
It seems as though the Bengals entered into negotiations to make two trades last night, missing their opportunity to trade back with the Atlanta Falcons and also failing to trade up with the Packers. Of course, knowing , there's a decent chance that he offered the No. 35 pick and a jar of home made sweet gherkin pickles for the No. 32 overall pick. If that's the case, I guess I don't blame the Packers for standing firm.
Even though both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay agree that Dalton will fall to the Bengals in the second round, the Buffalo Bills select one pick before Cincinnati does. The Bills are heading into the 2011 season with Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starting quarterback. Would it really surprise you if they decided that they'd like to get their hands on a quarterback, especially one that many thought would be selected much earlier? It wouldn't surprise me at all.
If the Bengals were worried enough to attempt to make a trade to get back into the first round to select a quarterback then I would definitely think they're extra worried right now. However, they still have a chance to make a trade.
The New England Patriots have the first pick in the second round. Since the Patriots have at least 40 picks (I'm rounding up) in the draft this year, they may be willing to slide back from No. 33 to No. 35 in exchange for a late round pick or maybe two jars of those homemade gherkins.
If they are, the Bengals could possibly get the first pick in the second round tonight and they wouldn't have to worry about the Bills taking the quarterback they want away from them.
In reality, I think that not trading, or at least attempting to make a trade, is a risk that I wouldn't really want to take, especially considering the Bengals' situation.