There are still more than two months separating us from the 2019 NFL Draft, which means most mock drafts are still not based on much knowledge of what’s going to happen.
The Draft Network’s Kyle Crabbs and Joe Marino host a podcast called Draft Dudes. In their February mock draft, they had the Bengals ending up with arguably the this year’s top quarterback prospect.
Most mock drafts do not project trades, and this mock is no exception. Trades are bound to occur, especially with teams moving up to take a quarterback. With teams like the Cardinals, 49ers, and Jets leading off the draft and no projected trades, it wouldn’t take much for a top quarterback to fall.
In this case the first surprise was the New York Giants passing on a quarterback with the sixth overall selection. The second was the selection of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the seventh pick.
Opinions on Murray are all over the place, particularly after his weird interview with Dan Patrick prior to the Super Bowl. Taking an unconventional quarterback would be a departure for the Jaguars old school management team, and at least Murray provided some confirmation about his plans yesterday. Murray is playing football, and he may become a top 10 pick.
The next team to take a quarterback was the Denver Broncos who own the pick right before the Bengals. This one was no surprise at all. Many have reported that the Broncos have interest in Missouri quarterback Drew Lock.
This allowed Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins to fall right into Cincinnati’s lap.
Crabbs points out that he has been mocking LSU linebacker Devin White to the Bengals for quite some time, but hiring Zac Taylor as head coach has changed how he sees things. He believes that the Bengals hired Taylor as a precursor to replacing Andy Dalton.
Only time will tell if the Bengals are looking to build around Dalton or replace him, but a talent like Haskins falling to them at the 11th pick would certainly have to make them think. However, the odds of this happening in the real word with quarterback hungry teams looking to trade into the top of the draft are extremely remote. If the Bengals want to draft a top quarterback, they are going to have to trade up to a higher pick.
Do you want the Bengals to draft Haskins as Dalton’s replacement and heir?