Before you start freaking out, remember to trust the process.
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan knows it, and the Bengals aren’t going to stop performing their due diligence on the other two quarterbacks that will be drafted in the top 10 picks.
This is why he told Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com he’s planning on attending the pro days of Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon’s Justin Herbert along with LSU’s Joe Burrow, who should eventually become Callahan’s new quarterback when it’s all said and done.
He’s already set for Baton Rouge on April 3 to see Burrow, for Tuscaloosa on April 9 to see Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and later this month for Eugene, Ore., to see Oregon’s Justin Herbert. He’ll also visit a bunch of wide receivers, but he wants to make sure he sees the top three quarterbacks in the draft throw live. He says all three are top five worthy.
And all three of them will probably go in the top five picks. If he proves to be fully healthy at his pro day, Tagovailoa will likely be traded up for and taken with the third-overall pick if he wasn’t already taken second-overall by the Washington Redskins. Herbert’s for sure not escaping the top 10 picks, and some team like the Los Angeles Chargers could pounce their way up the draft order as well for a chance to draft him.
Trading up for quarterbacks is a constant certainty for the NFL Draft. Callahan and the Bengals just want to be prepared.
“You have to do your homework on all those top guys,” Callahan says. “You don’t know what’s going to happen. You don’t know what’s going to unfold. Crazy stuff can happen in the draft. Say someone does offer you a bunch of picks. You have to have done enough homework to feel good about making that decision. You can’t go into it set on doing just one thing.”
That one thing he’s referring to is drafting Burrow, and it’s going to take the biggest load of draft capital in the history of the NFL Draft for them to give up the chance to take Burrow. The amount of picks and potentially players honestly may not exist.
But, like Callahan explained, anything is possible...theoretically at least.