Will the Bengals draft a quarterback in this year's NFL draft?
We gathered out staff to see who they think Cincinnati should be eyeing in the latter rounds, if they want to add another guy to compete with Josh Johnson and AJ McCarron for the backup spot behind Andy Dalton.
Bryce Petty out of Baylor. I think he's knocked because of the system and somewhat-unfairly criticized due to some of the growth issues Robert Griffin III has experienced, but he spins the ball out well. He won't be ready to start in the NFL for a year or two and needs some work, but if he gets the right teaching and system, he could become a productive player.
Easy answer for me, NONE. Picks are valuable in the NFL even in the late rounds, see Marvin Jones. There is absolutely no reason to use a pick on a QB because that means you are throwing away that pick or the selection of McCarron last year. If a guy like Brandon Bridge goes undrafted you give him a call.
If you don't like Andy Dalton's arm strength pop in a South Alabama game tape and watch him load up the Howitzer! Dude can throw the deep ball 80 yards no problem, I'd want him here just to see him let them loose in preseason games.
First off, after Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, I don't like any of these guys before the third round, and I don't want to see Cincinnati take one until the fourth round, if at all. Between Petty, Grayson and Hundley, I think there's a decent shot one of them falls to Day 3, and that's where the Bengals could pounce.
I don't want to see the Bengals take another QB who will never start for the team. I'd rather see them get someone who could push Dalton for his job in the near future. If that's not going to happen, don't take a QB at all.
In the end, I like Hundley the best out of the pack, but I think he'll be gone by the time the Bengals use their first of two third-round picks. I wouldn't mind seeing the Bengals grab him in the third round, as he's the only guy in this draft not named Mariota or Winston who could possibly unseat Dalton as the starting QB.
The Bridgewater pick (yeah I know, I'm that guy) was the one they should have snatched up, but this year it doesn't make sense to go for a QB because we won't likely get anyone better than McCarron, and I believe he is going to be a great backup for 2015. That said, I'd go with Garrett Grayson in the third if he's there.
Garrett Grayson? I'm not a huge fan of the QB prospects in this draft once you get past the top two. Some team will draft Grayson too early, I wouldn't mind him taking him in the fourth round or later. Although, I'm expecting a QB desperate team to over-reach for him in the 2nd round.
None. There is not a QB in this draft worth using a pick on.
Outside of the top two, all of this year's QBs are perennial backups. Since the Bengals already have their backup guy in McCarron, they won't take a QB in this draft.