The 2019 NFL Draft is next week and as the draft draws near the rumor mill is heating up that Kyler Murray will be the first pick by the Arizona Cardinals. Which is hard to believe after the Cardinals drafted Josh Rosen the previous year. With every new head coach, they want their own guy at quarterback, and from the look of things Arizona and Kliff Kingsbury are more of the same.
Enter the “New Dey” in the Queen City, the Zac Taylor era has begun. Taylor has said all the right things endorsing Andy Dalton as the Bengals quarterback. But does Taylor see Dalton as the future? Revert back to my first paragraph, with a Kingsbury and Murray marriage imminent, you will then understand why it’s debatable if Taylor sees Dalton as the future in Cincinnati.
Rumors are circulating that Dwayne Haskins could slide in the draft next week and that his services could be available for the Bengals at pick No. 11. Zac Taylor did attend the Ohio State Pro Day and word got back that Taylor was left impressed by Haskins. The former Nebraska quarterback really liked the youngster from Ohio State. Bengals fans and I feel like we know what Dalton’s ceiling is and that next year could be used to bridge the gap. Dalton would start, allowing Haskins to develop in Taylor’s offense, being ready to step in and take over the reins the following season in the Cincinnati.
Rumor also has it that the New York Giants still could potentially take Haskins at pick No. 6 ahead of the Bengals. However, if Devin White is available, a generational linebacker, don’t be surprised to see Haskins slide into Cincinnati’s lap at pick No. 11. Now if Haskins is off the board before the Bengals pick at No. 11 then Devin Bush could be an option at linebacker, a glaring whole the Bengals so desperately need to fill after cutting the pulse of the team’s defense in Vontaze Burfict.
Bush has excellent speed, but lacks size at 5’11″ to shed blockers in a rugged AFC North Division. If Haskins is gone the Bengals could trade down and get the coveted linebacker Cincinnati so desperately needs in Mack Wilson from Alabama. At 6’1″ and 239 pounds Wilson has the prototypical stature to fend off gigantic offensive linemen, shed blockers and tackle ball carriers with a ferocity Bengals fans had grown to love from Burfict.
Director of Player Personnel Duke Tobin and Zac Taylor have said all the right things without tipping their hand on whom they want to draft. There are rumors of the New York Jets wanting to trade down and out from the No. 3 pick. Shockingly after the Denver Broncos acquired Joe Flacco, John Elway still is enamored with Drew Lock and is rumored to want to move up, after falling in love with Lock’s arm strength. These two teams, respectively, could shake things up to the point where Haskins could fall in to the Bengals lap at pick No. 11. As the 2019 NFL Draft draws near let the rumor train pick up speed and the debates commence.