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The Bengals are in the Worst Position in the 2020 NFL Draft

Updated on March 9, 2020
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Ashok is a Sophomore at Texas A&M University, pursuing a Computer Science degree, in addition to minors in Mathematics and Business.

It’s NFL Draft season, and it’s a good time to talk about the Cincinnati Bengals’ draft decision.

The Cincinnati Bengals have the 1st overall pick. They have the flexibility to pick whoever they desire. Why would they be in the worst position? The simple answer is, draft selections require business decisions as well.

One could say, the Bengals will be forced to take Joe Burrow. It’s a no brainer; he’s the best QB available in this draft class, won the heisman trophy, leads the league in passing yards, and won the national championship. Well, that’s what fans, reporters, and many sports analysts think. This may or may not be what NFL teams are thinking.

Every draft pick is a gamble, especially the QB position. Anyone can get injured or one’s college game may not transfer over to the NFL. Most gambles are won by looking for the QB who’s the best fit. Let’s look at two scenarios for the Bengals. The first scenario is that the Bengals will select Joe Burrow. From the business perspective, this would be the best decision. From a team perspective, this may or may not be the best pick specific for this team. The fanbase and the media would get hyped until the start of the season. Burrow’s jerseys would sell rapidly. The Bengals could either have a star QB that carries them to SuperBowl wins, like he did with LSU and the National Championship, or a bust. If Burrow turns out to be a bust, it would be one of these two reasons. The Bengals either picked or were forced to pick the wrong QB in terms of fit, or Burrow could not live up to the hype.

The other scenario is that the Bengals go with the QB they believe is a better fit. The fanbase would treat the Bengals as a complete joke, until the QB turns out to be winning games for them, or constantly be treated as a joke if the Bengals front office picks the wrong QB. This could be because of either wrong judgement, injury issues with the player, or inability to perform at a high level.

If the first scenario fails, Burrow would get the jokes. If the second scenario fails, the Bengals would be treated as a joke franchise. In terms of business, the first scenario would be the better option. In other words, the Bengals have no other choice but to pick a 5th year senior in Joe Burrow even if they don’t think of him as a good fit.

It is clear how any team picking 1st overall is forced to pick the best player overall, whether that be on defense or offense in terms of position need. This is even worse when it comes to a team needing a QB, since they have no flexibility for other options. Teams picking later in the top 15 have a better opportunity to get their guy rather than the best NFL QB prospect.


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Do you think Joe Burrow is a good fit for the Bengals, or is there another QB better fit for them? Could the Bengals surprise everyone with their pick? Let’s wait till the NFL Draft to see!

© 2020 Ashok Meyyappan

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