The latest piece of evidence for this is Duke Tobin personally attending Oregon’s recent victory over Arizona to watch Justin Herbert play his best game of the season, per James Crepea and reported by Ben Baby.
Herbert is one of the top senior quarterbacks in the country and with Tua Tagovailoa’s recent injury clouding his draft prospects, Herbert could end up becoming a top-10 draft pick in April. Tobin was also in attendance to watch LSU’s Joe Burrow take on Utah State’s Jordan Love back in October. Burrow is the current favorite to go No. 1 overall to the Bengals.
Since the Bengals don’t employ very many scouts, sending Tobin out across the country to view these quarterbacks in person could be brushed off as no big deal. But with Andy Dalton getting benched with one year left on his contract and Ryan Finley not looking like the answer, the signs are pointing to the quarterback position being addressed as early as possible in the draft.
The debate between Burrow and Herbert is still very much on-going with the college football season still weeks from ending, but Tobin and the Bengals aren’t wasting any time in figuring out who they like to replace Dalton.