An 0-8 start means a few things. It typically means you have multiple holes to fill, but usually it also means you could use a quarterback that will take over. The Bengals fit both molds of a midseason winless team.
They should have the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft but, at the moment, are one two winless teams. The draft is taking place in Paradise, Nevada in late April, and although months away, there’s been no shortage of mock drafts.
Every recent mock has the Bengals taking a quarterback. But, which one is also important. That said, let’s dive into four recent mock drafts and who they have Cincinnati taking.
CBS Sports: Bengals No. 1 overall pick — Tua Tagovailoa
“Tagovailoa displays great leadership in addition to elite touch and ball placement. Ryan Finley and Andy Dalton are not the answer. Cincinnati needs some major re-tooling. If only they had taken advantage of the chance to acquire more assets at the trade deadline...”
Sporting News: Bengals No. 1 overall pick — Joe Burrow
“Burrow has enjoyed a meteoric rise as the new Heisman Trophy favorite and appealing top QB prospect in this class.... Coach Zac Taylor will see some Jared Goff qualities in Burrow as a traditional passer, which makes sense for the Bengals after their benching of Andy Dalton, assuming Ryan Finley doesn’t pull a Gardner Minshew.”
Bleacher Report: Bengals No. 1 overall pick — Tua
“The Bengals don’t have the NFL’s worst quarterback situation, but they clearly plan to move on from Andy Dalton (who they benched Tuesday) to get younger, cheaper and better at the position. Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa has dealt with an ankle injury that could scare off scouts by the time his full medical evaluation is done at the NFL Scouting Combine in late February, but he’s the clear-cut QB1 in the 2020 class for now.”
South Florida Sun Sentinel: Bengals No. 2 overall pick — Burrow