The Cincinnati Bengals were easily the NFL’s worst team this season.
While at full strength they may have been much better, the Bengals were far from a playoff contender even with A.J. Green and Jonah Williams healthy. The team’s defense struggled for the bulk of the season, and their offense did little to provide any support.
They finished with just two wins in 2019, one coming in a Week 17 home victory over the Cleveland Browns.
Now, the pain is over, and the hope can again be renewed in Cincinnati. This time, the hope is in Joe Burrow. who is the consensus No. 1 overall pick according to recent mock drafts.
Here’s how a few of the major media outlets predicted the top-overall selection.
CBS Sports — Joe Burrow
“Joe Burrow to the Bengals seems like the worst-kept secret at this point. The team needs a new quarterback and Burrow is the best available. It does not hurt that he is an Ohio native.”
Chase Young and Jeff Okudah were the next two off the board.
Sporting News — Joe Burrow
“Offensive-minded coach Zac Taylor needs a franchise passer with Andy Dalton fading and Ryan Finley not showing much. Burrow has enjoyed a meteoric rise as the runaway Heisman Trophy winner and top QB prospect in the class....Consider him a better all-around version of Jared Goff.”
Young to Washington and Okudah to Detroit were again the next two off the board.
Bleacher Report — Joe Burrow
Walter Football — Joe Burrow
“It’s clear by now that Ryan Finley is not the long-term answer, so the Bengals will want to select a franchise quarterback with the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Tua Tagovailoa is no longer the option because of his devastating injury, but it doesn’t even matter anymore, based on what Joe Burrow has accomplished.”
Again, Young and Okudah were the next two taken.
Well, there you have it; the Bengals are destined to take Joe Burrow. But, with Cincinnati in just about ever sport, there’s always a chance to screw things up.