Bengals move up in fourth round to take QB Ryan Finley

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There was some speculation about the Bengals taking a quarterback in the first round of this year’s draft, but they opted for offensive lineman Jonah Williams and avoided the position on Friday night as well.

They didn’t wait long on Saturday to add a quarterback to the roster, however. The Bengals traded up to the second pick of the fourth round — the 104th overall pick — and took Ryan Finley.

Finley opened his college career at Boise State before transferring to N.C. State and starting 39 games over the last three seasons. He completed 64.5 percent of his passes over those starts while throwing 60 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. He also had a streak of 339 passes without an interception during his junior season.

Andy Dalton remains the starter in Cincinnati and is signed through the 2020 season, but team owner Mike Brown raised the notion of moving in a different direction in the future when he said he wanted to see how Dalton fares in new head coach Zac Taylor’s offense before talking about a contract extension.

The Bengals, who opened the day with 10 day three picks, traded the 110th, 183rd and 198th picks to the 49ers to move up.

19 responses to “Bengals move up in fourth round to take QB Ryan Finley

  1. Andy Dalton is effective when he has very good receivers, a very good Oline, and very good running backs. No need to draft a QB, just draft several all-Pro WRs, and Olinemen.
    Its so easy.

  2. indiapalealeblog says:
    April 27, 2019 at 12:24 pm
    Andy Dalton is effective when he has very good receivers, a very good Oline, and very good running backs. No need to draft a QB, just draft several all-Pro WRs, and Olinemen.
    Its so easy.

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    Kurt Warner is gushed over as a HOF franchise QB despite the fact he was only ever good when surrounded by multiple HOF caliber Probowl WR’s, Probowl Tackle’s and Probowl RB’s. Dalton at least can carry average players to winning seasons most years.

  3. Like the tackle in round one and the linebacker in round three, but the TE in round two and this qb in round four …yikes! Hope they know what they are doing.

  4. *Andy Dalton is effective when he has very good receivers, a very good Oline, and very good running backs. No need to draft a QB, just draft several all-Pro WRs, and Olinemen.
    Its so easy.*

    All QBs are effective when they have very good receivers, a very good Oline, and very good running backs. But you are right, they need good Oline. The good WRs will come.

  5. I seriously doubt he was drafted to be the one day starter. Hopefully it’s just as most good coaches and teams do and draft mid to low round qbs for development and keep the web rooms full of talent. If one gets good enough perhaps they can get something in a trade for them.

  6. High character kid, accurate, doesn’t turn the ball over, high football IQ, good ht/wt, decent arm, highest QB score (42)on the Wonderlic…

    Not starting this year but has potential of developed properly.

  7. Too high for what people are describing here … should be able to get players that can get on the field in round four.

  8. It’s a good pick. Driskel was awful last year in relief to Andy. This team was decent to pretty good last year before the onslaught of injuries. They won despite a horrific defense. By the time the defense began to improve under Lewis, the offense was decimated. I’ll wait and see what becomes of this team before I anoint Baltimore or Cleveland the world owners… We’ve been calling for a new regime for a few years now we have one! Who Dey!

  9. venomraider says:
    April 27, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Kurt Warner is gushed over as a HOF franchise QB despite the fact he was only ever good when surrounded by multiple HOF caliber Probowl WR’s, Probowl Tackle’s and Probowl RB’s. Dalton at least can carry average players to winning seasons most years.
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    Isn’t it funny how team sports work like that? The best players in the world can’t win much with no talent around them! MJ couldn’t win a title until the Bulls put some talent around him, LeBron couldn’t win a title his first time in Cleveland win no talent around him, but take a below average QB like Trent Dilfer and surround him with talent and even he won a SB, hence: “TEAM” sport. Then there’s Rodgers, arguably the best QB in the NFL, but you take the talent away and he doesn’t even win much.

    I’ll take an average QB with a good surrounding cast over a great QB with no talent around them anyday.

    I don’t know why this is so hard for some people to understand!

  10. This just rubs salt in the wounds for not turning in the card for Dwayne Haskins. They had a perfect opportunity of properly starting a new era with their new coach and they blew it. The Mike Brown “loyalty to a fault” ,in this case with Andy Dalton,almost always holds them back.

  11. Seems like most of the throws they show him throwing are throws most QB’s can’t throw. Kid definitely has excellent touch. Reminds me of a taller Drew Brees. When you can lob passes over a defender, vs through a defender, it’s almost undefendable.

  12. They could have used their second round pick to trade for Josh Rosen instead of drafting a blocking tight end. Stupid use of draft capital. From what I’ve read Finley doesn’t have a strong arm and will always be limited.

  13. I think this is more of a pick to see if they can develop him similar to McCarron. A cheap backup that can be a spot starter if needed. Don’t think they see him as their franchise guy moving forward if they move on from Dalton in 2 years. I fully expected them to pick up someone in the 5th or 6th but it came in the 4th. Driskel is terrible so it’s no surprise.

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