Exploring Other Draft Options for the Bengals

  • Bengals
  • Burrow
  • Chase Young
  • Tua
By Daniel Goodwin III February 29, 2020 0 Comment
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The Cincinnati Bengals have the first  pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and most mock drafts have Cincinnati picking Joe Burrow, QB from LSU.  No doubt Burrow would be a deserving choice as first pick in the draft.  He had an outstanding Heisman Trophy winning season at LSU, quite possibly the very best statistical year from a college football quarterback ever!  On top of that he led the LSU Tigers to a BCS National Championship win.  He also carries the swagger and calm demeanor that leaves no one denying that he is a winner, he is a leader, and his teammates love him.  With all that being said the question remains, is Joe Burrow the best choice for Cincinnati as the number 1 overall pick.  Lets explore a couple options  that many argue are possibly better.

Tua Tagovailoa

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is another talented quarterback in this years draft and even
had a popular phrase coined after him.  “Tank for Tua” was something that many NFL fans heard for much of the year.  Most scouts and draft insiders saw him as the best QB prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft Class.  He did however have a season ending and potentially career threatening hip injury.  While Tagovailoa will not participate in combine drills, he is at the combine interviewing with teams.

The argument against Tua is that he is small standing at 6′ and weighing 217 lbs, down from his playing weight in college of 230.  Another concern is his injury history.  He has had surgery on both ankles, had a broken finger, played with a knee injury and also had a quad injury.  These all came before the most serious injury which occured on November 16, 2019 when he was tackled, causing his hip to dislocate and fracture the posterior wall.  He also broke his nose and suffered a concussion on that play.  This causes many to question his durability.  Is he injury prone?  Is he too small?  Is he fragile?  The reports from the NFL Scouting Combine are overwhelmingly positive in terms of recovery from the hip injury.

Even though there are injury concerns, the Talent is undeniable.  Tua can make all the throws, has tremendous arm strength and velocity, and can process defenses as well as go through his progressions
exceptionally.  He will not participate in the Alabama Pro Day but, does have a Pro Day scheduled for April 9th 2020.  Barring any medical red flags Tagovailoa is still projected to go in the first round possibly as early as 5th to the Miami Dolphins, or 3rd to the Detroit Lions.  His athleticism and potential have many saying that he has more upside than Joe Burrow.  The Bengals have not yet traded Andy Dalton, which means Cincinnati could sit Tua for his first season, similar to Patrick Mahomes as a rookie learning behind Alex Smith in Kansas City.

Chase Young

The other potential option is the Ohio State Defensive End,  6’5 265 lb Chase Young.  Like Burrow and Tagovailoa, Chase Young is a phenom who is a sure fire early 1st round talent.  He is head and shoulders above the other edge rushers and defensive ends in the 2020 NFL Draft.  If he is not chosen one overall, the Washington Redskins will most likely choose him with the 2nd pick in the draft.  Young has had back to back double digit sack years his sophomore and junior years, 16.5  last year as a junior, also posting 6 forced fumbles.  The highly touted DE would pair well with a Bengals defensive line that includes Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap.

There are no concerns about Youngs physical talents, however he has been criticized due to the fact that he will be skipping drills in the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine.  Media, fans, and others wanted to see his physical performances in the combine drills.  Young choose not to participate because he does not want to be labeled a “combine player”.  He has drawn comparisons to the great Julius Peppers. While that is a very tall order, seeing how Peppers will be a Hall of Famer, Young certainly has the motor and talent to be a dominant force in the NFL.

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