Hobson's Choice: Bengals.com Senior Reporter Geoff Hobson answers questions from fans about the 2020 NFL Draft.
I'm referring, of course, to the mega trade the Bengals turned down in that draft to stay at No. 3 and bust out with Oregon quarterback Akili Smith. The Saints, with head coach Mike Ditka infatuated by Texas running back Ricky Williams' college career, offered the Bengals at three pretty much what Washington took at No. 5 so they could draft Williams. New Orleans not only traded away their entire draft, but also two first-rounders and gave up a total of eight picks.
NFL mock draft: Bengals create offensive fireworks in new 3-rounder
But mocks that extend beyond the opening round are still interesting, which is what makes the latest three-round effort from NFL.com’s Chad Reuter worth a look.
Bengals to meet with California LB Evan Weaver ahead of draft
Linebacker remains a big point of conversation for the Cincinnati Bengals ahead of the 2020 NFL draft, hence one noteworthy meet with a prospect like Appalachian State’s Akeem Davis-Gaither.
Chicago Bears: All signs pointing to this offseason quarterback acquisition
It seems the Chicago Bears are destined to bring Andy Dalton to Chicago. Early rumors were that the Chicago Bears and Cincinnati Bengals were in talks at the Combine regarding the potential of acquiring Dalton to compete with Mitchell Trubisky.
Andy Dalton trade market: Five teams that should pursue vet QB
The Cincinnati Bengals are likely to draft Joe Burrow with the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, which spells doom for the current best quarterback on their roster, Ryan Finley. I kid. We're talking about Andy Dalton. Who is still under contract for one more season, but expected to be traded in the coming weeks. And even with a deep free-agent quarterback pool that is set to include legends like Tom Brady, Philip Rivers and Marcus Mariota, Dalton, to me, is one of the best signal-callers available. And his cap number for 2020, $17.7 million, is definitely reasonable for a longtime starting quarterback in today's NFL.
How Jonah Williams Compares to the 2020 Offensive Line Class
The front office selected Williams with the 11th overall pick, making him the first offensive lineman selected in the draft. The former Alabama stand-out was expected to step in right away and anchor the floundering offensive trenches. Now fully healthy, his role becomes even more important, as he’ll be tasked with protecting the blind-side of the new face of the franchise.
The Cincinnati Bengals Need to Send a Message in Free Agency
The majority of those in the media, from the typically well-liked Dan Patrick to the always controversial Colin Cowherd, have spoken openly about how presumptive top overall draft pick Joe Burrow may refuse to play for the Cincinnati Bengals. However, Burrow recently put that idea to rest.
Cincinnati Bengals free-agent target profile: Derek Wolfe
Wolfe, now 30 years old, is a former second-round pick (2012) who has spent every season of his career in Denver so far. He’s got a local connection after playing college ball for the Bearcats.
Around the league
Brissett on Colts QB rumors: 'Just doing my job'
One of the most talked about situations continues to be the Indianapolis Colts and Jacoby Brissett, who was thrust into the QB1 spot last fall after the sudden retirement of Andrew Luck. Following an up and down 2019 campaign for the 27-year-old, talk of him being replaced by a veteran talent, namely Philip Rivers, has continued to ramp up.
Defenders ride run game, defense to beat BattleHawks
The former Ohio State hero played just two series before being replaced by Tyree Jackson, following an interception that led to a BattleHawks field goal. Jackson, playing in relief of Jones for the third consecutive game, threw a 9-yard touchdown to Khari Lee on his first pass. He would attempt only 13 more, for just 30 yards, as Jhurell Pressley (15 carries, 107 yards) did most of the heavy lifting on offense.
Will success be similarity for Bengals, '70 Steelers?
Indeed, a quick and closer look provided by NFL Research shows some head-scratching parallels between the Pittsburgh Steelers' historic, franchise- and NFL-changing 1970 NFL Draft and the Cincinnati Bengals' 2020 NFL Draft. And there's little doubt that the Bengals are hoping to find the same success that the Steelers did 50 years ago.
Falcons GM on 1st-rd trading: Never count us out
"That said, it is one of those draft situations where, given some of the depth in some of these positions, it does set up the opportunity to potentially move back. And you know, as long as I've been here, we've not been a real active team moving back. But again, this year may be one of those years that you could truly look at that and obviously acquire a couple more picks in different parts in the draft to use up to pair together to get up, of course, in another round."
Players weighing in on their stances with CBA vote
The new CBA deal, which would run through the 2030 NFL season, was approved by owners on Feb. 20 and now its fate waits upon the players' vote. With the new CBA deal measuring 456 pages, there is plenty for the voters to peruse, but there are some who have already allowed their voices to be heard via social media.