The Cincinnati Bengals selected Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. The likelihood of that selection happening surprised the Bengals, who contemplated trading up to snag Dennard, as they worried another team would pick him first or that San Diego would trade up to claim him;
"But as one of their players they had ranked in the top ten, Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, keeps dropping past the Steelers at No. 15 and edges ever closer to them, they begin making phone calls to see if they can move up," writes Bengals.com scribe Geoff Hobson. "They don't see how Dennard gets past the corner-starved Eagles at No. 22 and there’s a fear the No. 25 Chargers jump ahead of them."
Mike Brown said, NO!
But the price is too high in trade for the draft room chaired by Bengals president Mike Brown. This is a good draft for third- and fourth-rounders and the Bengals need plenty after that first pick, like a starting center and an edge rusher to replace
Michael Johnson. And a big, young running back to team with Giovani Bernardwould be nice.