Bengals executive Duke Tobin disputes ESPN’s report about No. 1 pick

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Duke Tobin, the Bengals’ director of player personnel, said ESPN’s report that Cincinnati won’t trade the No. 1 pick no matter what is “news to me.”

“I don’t know that any decision has been made for what we’re going to do in April,” Tobin said Monday, via Geoff Hobson of the team website. “We’re early in the process. We certainly haven’t had any meetings to determine that at this point. Those will be meetings we’ll have as we go through the process.”

The Bengals hold the No. 1 overall choice by virtue of their 2-14 record. They are expected to target LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, but much can change over the next 94 days.

Tobin, the team’s de facto General Manager, called Burrow’s senior season “a wonderful year, a year very few people have had.”

Indeed, Burrow won the Heisman Trophy and national championship.

Only a week has passed since LSU beat Clemson in the national title game. That makes it understandable why Burrow chose not to play in the Senior Bowl, where the Bengals staff is coaching the South team.

“We’ve seen him,” Tobin said. “We’ll have a lot of opportunity to get to know him through the process. We feel very comfortable by the time we have to make a decision in the draft on him and the other players as well.

“We respect his decision. He’s had a incredibly long season. It lasted a lot longer than ours did. Fifteen games at a high level. I can certainly understand needing a little time to decompress after the year they had. We certainly understand what his thoughts there.”

74 responses to “Bengals executive Duke Tobin disputes ESPN’s report about No. 1 pick

  1. Bengaldom will collectively lose their freaking minds if we do anything but take Burrow. Not saying it is, or isn’t, the right call, but that will be what happens. Total meltdown.

  2. You HAVE to draft Joe Burrow. The guy has great confidence with great accuracy. This is a no brainier Cincy.
    A great pass rusher won’t change your franchise. A great QB will.

  3. As good as a prospect Joe Burrow seems to be. The Bengals could be better served trading that pick and trying to get multiple first round picks.

    They need more then Burrow and one draft class to make that team competitive.

  4. These stories seem to always end in the way that ESPN reported it, to begin with. So those of us who pay attention know how this will end for the Bengals.

  5. I can’t imagine the Bengals leadership is smart enough to trade down a few spots for a treasure trove of draft picks in the deepest QB class in years. And really they might be smart not to, they need a sure thing in the worst way and Burrow is as close as they’re going to ever get to that.

  6. As the media grabs hold, like the fist Alien movie.

    Cant wait to hear about this crap until April 23rd!

  7. “We know what his thoughts are there…”

    Yeah, pretty simple. “If I get hurt in the senior bowl, or just put up bad tape, I could lose millions.”

    Good for him.

  8. Translation: we haven’t even had the chance to leak out smokescreens and don’t want to lose negotiation power with Burrows

  9. Trade it. Burrow is a high floor, low ceiling player. Think of the KC Chiefs version of Alex Smith with a bit better arm.

  10. Cmon Bengals 🙁 don’t mess this up 🙁
    Just take Burrow.
    If Duke don’t wanna Burrow fire Duke 🙁

  11. Short of a king’s ransom it would foolish to even entertain the idea of trading away the 1st pick, Burrow would easily be the best QB they’ve had in decades.

  12. LMAO who are you fooling???? Everybody knows the Bengals are drafting Joe Burrow No.1 overall. Stop with this nonsense.

  13. Jim Plunkett was the last QB Heisman trophy winner to also win a Superbowl (XV, 1980 season); 39 years ago…Does that mean anything?

  14. You had me up until “he had a long season”.

    Soooooooooo…while debunking a non truth, you’re telling one. Under that reasoning, no one would or should play.

    Don’y lie, there was no reason to even make the point. He does not want to get hurt in a game that can only hurt his stock. Period. If he needed the game, like most, then he would be playing. The game is some people’s dream come true, who happen to also have long seasons and need to ‘decompress’.

  15. The Bengals are the cheapest team in the league, and one of the worst run. They are honestly dumb enough to trade this pick away.

  16. All it takes is one Miike Ditka (NO Saints GM/Coach), Dan Devine (Packers trade for John Hadl) or Mike Lynn (Vikings GM in Herschel Walker trade) to make a ridiculous trade offer too good to pass up. There are rubes out there, Cincy just needs to wait for one to emerge.

  17. Any suggestion that teams already know their draft plans in JANUARY is just moronic.

    Burrow certainly had a fantastic 2019 season, but then you have to examine why 2018 was so pedestrian and his years at Ohio State too. Bengals have three months to look at his WHOLE body of work and make sure he’s not a one-year wonder like a Mitch Trubisky.

  18. As a Patriots fan, we have had enough success to understand the draft process. My thing is this:

    Even though Burrow is the Consensus #1 pick..when you are a TEAM away…why not potentially stockpile chips by moving back and building a left tackle/hell the whole line and then get a QB?!

    Look at Luck for example. He was the cant miss prospect and i understand that, but where is he now?

  19. We all know they should draft Burrow. They know they should draft Burrow. One thing they HAVE to do though is interview him and do a background check. What if he’s a Ryan Leaf level headcase (he’s not, but still need to verify). You don’t draft a QB solely on tape. Make sure he can read a defense (he can) and make sure he’s a decent person/good leader (he is).

  20. Joe Burrow maybe the greatest thing since sliced bread but history is not on Joe Burrow’s side because he is a one year wonder who has had two seasons with an LSU team that was stacked with talent at every position on offense, defense, and special teams. But there were a lot of variables that played into what Joe Burrow did this season the SEC was weak and Alabama was not their dominant self in 2019.

    Burrow transferred to LSU from Ohio State in May 2018 and became the Tigers’ starter last year. He fared well in leading them to a 10-3 mark and Fiesta Bowl win, accounting for 23 touchdowns (16 passing, seven rushing). Burrow showed nothing at Ohio State… I think he is all hype and if selected #1 overall by the Bengals he will prove to be a bust…

  21. 1) Duke Tobin needs to get this draft right or find somewhere else to work.
    2) I recently held the opinion that if the Bengals traded #1 for additional picks, it would be a smart decision. However, with the Bengals recent draft history, I recant. If Burrow is a legit franchise QB, he is immeasurably more valuable than Jonah Williams (2019 #1), Billy Price (2018 #1), and John Ross (2017 #1). Three more first rounders from Miami or Jacksonville is just three more opportunities to miss.

  22. Like ESPN knows their draft plans. I do hope they draft Burrow though. One year wonder or not, he put up crazy numbers for the season.

  23. Every top ten drafted QB is great in college but I’d rather load up with several picks for more chances to hit on one. Bengals should ask the Colts for a bunch of picks and the rights to Andrew Luck just for the chance to maybe talk him into playing again.

  24. Bengals are not a #1 Qb away from contending. Trade the pick and get multiple picks back but try to stay in the top 10 and take Tua or Herbert. Remember Watson and Mahomes were not the first QBs taken in 2017. People in Chicago know who was taken first. How’d that work out?

  25. Rate This
    granadafan says:
    January 20, 2020 at 11:45 pm
    Translation: we haven’t even had the chance to leak out smokescreens and don’t want to lose negotiating power

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  26. Rate This
    granadafan says:
    January 20, 2020 at 11:45 pm
    Translation: we haven’t even had the chance to leak out smokescreens and don’t want to lose negotiation power

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    Negotiate? Negotiate what? What is this 1995?

  27. This is a cant miss pick. He could be a star, or bust. Everything points to a star, and nothing points to a bust. If they don’t pick him, and he turns out to be a star- they are idiots. If they take him, and he is a bust, there was nothing to say they could have predicted it. I have never head a bad thing about this kid. I am no Bengals fan, but don’t screw this up.

  28. Hrm. A Hesiman Trophy winning, National Championship winning, passing TD record holding, smooth-as-can-be pocket passing Ohio native is sitting there for Cincinnati to snag with the first pick.

    I don’t need a “report” to know that they’re keeping the No. 1 pick.

  29. Why would Cincy go out of their way to deny the report? It’s better for them to just let everyone think it costs a firstborn to move up there. They really only did the Redskins a favor, by saying Washington has the top acquirable pick.

  30. Bill’s got balls! says:
    January 21, 2020 at 7:30 am
    Jim Plunkett was the last QB Heisman trophy winner to also win a Superbowl (XV, 1980 season); 39 years ago…Does that mean anything?
    ******************************************************
    Yes, that means something. It means it happens once every 39 years. It’s ready to happen again this year. It’s just like all the things they said about Patrick Mahomes when he was coming out. Lets see, he was below .500. No QB’s from that coach make it in the NFL. He was running a college offense. Etc., etc.

  31. Not too long ago someone posted that the Bengals will find a way to screw this up and he may be right.

  32. navyvandal says:
    January 21, 2020 at 8:44 am
    As a Patriots fan, we have had enough success to understand the draft process. My thing is this:

    Even though Burrow is the Consensus #1 pick..when you are a TEAM away…why not potentially stockpile chips by moving back and building a left tackle/hell the whole line and then get a QB?!

    Look at Luck for example. He was the cant miss prospect and i understand that, but where is he now?
    ———————————–

    Luck decided to bow out because Indy kept fielding an awful O-line which led to his injuries – and they failed to build a quality team around him, although they were on the upswing when he retired.

    To your point – Burrows would potentially be walking into a similar situation in Cincy.

    However, the point that constantly gets lost on too many fans is that a QB can’t save a franchise by himself. The organization needs to build a good team around him. Without support a young QB will just get hammered without anyone really ever knowing what they were capable of. Too often QBs are labeled as “busts” when the responsibility for that failure primarily falls on the organization.

  33. Oh please. Heisman winner, National Championship, most TD’s in a season, let alone a local area kid at a needed position? Unless you get like 4 number 1’s in exchange if they don’t pick Burrow the fans will truly revolt and there goes ticket sales. Such a no brainer, but then again it is the Bengals.

  34. navyvandal says:
    January 21, 2020 at 8:44 am
    As a Patriots fan, we have had enough success to understand the draft process. My thing is this:

    Even though Burrow is the Consensus #1 pick..when you are a TEAM away…why not potentially stockpile chips by moving back and building a left tackle/hell the whole line and then get a QB?!

    Look at Luck for example. He was the cant miss prospect and i understand that, but where is he now?

    _____________

    Right, and Cincy should trade the pick to New England, right?

    And you should pass on Burrow because franchise QBs are like trains, miss one another will be along right away. Sure.

    Not sure you know the swipe you’re taking at Brady there, by the way.

  35. If I was Joe I wouldn’t do ANYTHING else. No Senior Bowl. No combiner. No pro day.

    I sit there and say “watch the tapes. Watch me float 30-40-yd pinpoint passes right over my receivers’ shoulders on a dime in stride time and time again – all over the field, doesn’t matter to me where they are.

    And if you watch that and don’t want me #1 overall that’s cool. I’ll go #2 or #3 or #5, I don’t care – I’ll still make almost as much and play for a better team and KILL YOU whenever I play against you.”

    It really is that simple. Biggest no-brainer in the draft since Calvin Johnson.

  36. Luck decided to bow out because Indy kept fielding an awful O-line which led to his injuries –
    __________________

    I’ve personally watched Quenton Nelson wipe out 3 d-linemen all on his own more than once. I’m not so sure their o-line was all that horrible.

    Luck like to scramble and extend plays, and I think he finally understood he wasn’t going to be able to play the way he felt like he needed to play in order to win and stay healthy, so he called it quits. And he probably already had a few lucrative things lined up outside football as well, so I’m sure there were more things than just a bad OL taking him away from the game.

  37. guinsrule says: “The NFL doesnt want the Bengals to commit to anything in hopes of driving up the draft’s tv ratings”
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    Only Cincinnati cares who they’ll draft first. NO ONE watches or CARES what other teams do. They tune in to follow their team, period.

  38. ringheadcrusher says: “If I was Joe I wouldn’t do ANYTHING else. No Senior Bowl. No combiner. No pro day.”
    ———————–

    And if I was the GM, my first question would be, “WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?”

    The point of the combine or Pro Day is to show off your skills that is NOT on game tape. One of the toughest throws for a QB is the intermediate 10yd out pattern – requires anticipation, timing, strength & accuracy. A lot of college coaches do not have that in their playbook because their QBs can’t execute, so gametape is useless.

    And I’m pretty sure the LSU OC is a smart guy and wouldn’t call plays that Burrow can’t make. The combine/Pro Day is there to demonstrate abilities not available on gametape.

  39. ESPN is a joke anyway half the reporting on that station can’t be trusted isn’t that right Mort

  40. I am not sold on Burrow as an individual talent. He had phenomenal receivers this year, and LSU/Bama/USC quarterbacks typically look great until walking into a supporting cast in the lower-third of the league. There isn’t a Helen Keller School of the Blind for them to throw 8 TDs against in the NFL.

    Having said that, the local connection and the hype makes this a no-brainer for the Bengals. Suppose Burrow IS a franchise quarterback, and they passed on him? This is a rare case where it is better to take the guy the media wants you to take.

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