The Bengals are on the clock with the first pick of Round 2 in the NFL Draft, but will they actually keep the pick?
Local 12’s Jed DeMuesy spoke with Bengals radio commentator Dave Lapham, who typically has some good scoops every year when it comes to his former team’s draft plans. In this instance, Lap thinks the Bengals are trying hard to trade down from the 33rd pick.
Just talked with the man Dave Lapham. He thinks the #Bengals are feverishly trying to trade back in the second round 6-7 spots. More tonight on @Local12— Jed DeMuesy (@Local12Jed) April 24, 2020
This also comes after a report surfaced the Bengals were looking at TCU defensive lineman Ross Blacklock and Baylor receiver Denzel Mims with the 33rd pick.
Now, in most drafts, there’s usually a handful of first-round-caliber prospects who fall into the early parts of Round 2, but they’re usually scooped up pretty quick. That’s why trading down in a normal draft could be an unwise move to make.
However, this is regarded as a very deep draft class with a host of first-round prospects still on the board, as Adam Schefter reports:
One personnel director calls this “the deepest second round in the last 25 years.” He believes there are 20 players available tonight that could have been first-round picks; there usually are 7-10. “There will be as many starters in this round that there are in the first round.”— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 24, 2020
That would suggest the Bengals could trade down pretty far in Round 2, or even into Round 3, and still pick up a first-round prospect.
For that reason, the best option for Cincinnati may to be a trade down and acquire more picks, perhaps even an extra Day 2 pick.
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