Where we are at with the Cincinnati Bengals’ plan of attack for the first-overall pick hasn’t changed. The draft is just under three months away and the process has yet to play out all the way through.
Everything we’ve assumed about their plans is true, including the part where due diligence still has a place in all of this.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, the Bengals are focusing on the top three quarterbacks: Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, and Justin Herbert along with Chase Young for the first pick in the draft.
I was told that at this point it’s unlikely the Bengals trade the first pick. Also, the Bengals are considering four players for that pick: Burrow, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Oregon’s Justin Herbert and Burrow’s former Ohio State teammate Chase Young. And as great a prospect as Young is, Tobin conceded this will start with the quarterbacks.
Because of course it starts with quarterbacks. Tagovailoa and Herbert where the consensus top-two passers entering the season back in August and both are going to be first-round picks come April. The Bengals have known about them and have high opinions on them because they’re still great prospects, and the same goes for Young, who is the consensus best defensive player in this draft class.
Even when Burrow is the guy they’ll ultimately go all-in in the coming weeks, it’s important to cross all the t’s and dot all the i’s when rounding out the evaluations.
“We know what Joe is on tape, we know what Tua is on tape, we know what Justin is on tape,” Tobin said. “Our role right now is to try to find out what we don’t know—how his leadership works, how his football mind works, how quickly he adapts to different situations, what his overall personality is, what it’s like being around him on a regular Tuesday. How much passion do they have for the game? … We’re trying to get at those types of things, with every player we do, but particularly the quarterbacks.”
When finding out meaningful information from members of the Bengals’ organization, reading between the lines is a requirement. The draft process is more of a elongated confirmation process, and at the end of it all, the process will confirm that Burrow is the best fit for Tobin and the Bengals.