Bengals coach can’t see a scenario where they trade top pick

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There might be other teams interested in trying to trade for the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

But it doesn’t sound like the Bengals are interested in listening.

Bengals coach Zac Taylor seemed to be locked in on the team’s decision — presumably picking LSU quarterback Joe Burrow — during an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, when asked if there was any way they might change their plans.

“It doesn’t look that way,” Taylor said, via Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “If there is a guy there that you believe in that can really change the franchise over the next 10-15 years, then that’s a hard thing to pass up on.

“You know, people all the time ask me what would it take to give up that pick and if there’s somebody there that people are willing to give up a lot for, that they believe in, then that just really verifies what we think about those players as well.”

The Bengals have maxed out their videoconference meeting time with Burrow, using those three one-hour calls per week to get to know him better.

“He’s got a great edge to him, I think that’s the best way to put it,” Taylor said. “You know, you can talk about confidence and all that stuff to quarterbacks, but he’s one of those guys that put in the work, so he’s got the confidence in his abilities because there’s not a lot of unknown out there for him.

“We’ve gotten to know him. We’ve gotten to know a lot of the guys during this conversation over the last couple of weeks. We really maxed out that time talking to him. We feel comfortable with all those guys there at the top.”

12 responses to “Bengals coach can’t see a scenario where they trade top pick

  1. Joe’s a Bengal, question is Dalton – but at $17m may as well keep him ’til Joe’s 100% ready. I’d sit any rookie QB at least a year to learn the system, but most bad teams rush the process.

  2. Bengals need to do the prudent thing and just draft Burrow…don’t over think it.

  3. You can trade it for many #1s’ and other round picks. Yes he looks like the real deal but they should listen to offers. Who knows, maybe you will see another Minnesota 2.0.

  4. Knowing the Bungels that guy is Tubba Lard. A 6 foot 5 inch OT that weighs 385 pounds.
    His goal in life is to break a lawn chair while doing absolutely nothing. Described as the human turn style he is out of shape with little or no strength, bad footwork, no athletic ability and thus the perfect Bengal.

  5. The only way to trade the first pick is to harvest a minimum of three ones and a couple of seconds. If the plan is to prepare this team for the long term, then that is how to handle it. There is already a QB on the team that is average (or better on a good day); trade other picks to stock this team with young talent for 2021 and beyond. Build a great offensive line for the next starter and add speed to positions of importance.

    Burrow may be the real deal. Can you afford to start him behind subpar OL and risk him being injured and blowing up the long term success of the team?

  6. I think they should end speculation and announce him as their pick and make a decision on Dalton, which is hopefully to keep him as the starter until Burrow can take it away from him or his contract ends.
    I get they want to wait to make sure there isn’t an offer they want but a lot of time has passed. End the wondering for these guys. The offer isn’t coming.

  7. streetyson says:
    April 14, 2020 at 7:02 am
    Joe’s a Bengal, question is Dalton – but at $17m may as well keep him ’til Joe’s 100% ready. I’d sit any rookie QB at least a year to learn the system, but most bad teams rush the process.
    —-

    Agreed on sitting Burrow. Its worked in the past for the Bengals, and considering that the offseason program is likely to be cut back due to the Coronavirus, I’d rather give him time during the season to learn the system in practice and not during a game

  8. The Bengals have to build a team and a winning culture. That said, what’s the best way to do it for the Bengals? Draft a potential franchise QB? Trade down for a bunch of picks including more #1’s? That’s exactly what the Bengals are facing.

    For me, unless I got blown away by a trade, I’m taking the potential franchise QB. That is always the hardest position to find.

  9. lesepi says:
    April 14, 2020 at 10:47 am
    The only way to trade the first pick is to harvest a minimum of three ones and a couple of seconds.

    Do you really think thats possible? You are one serious dreamer. You will get your guy, so be happy.

    three ones and two twos— Yeahhhhhhhhh!

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