Yesterday, I sat in on the latest of expert conference calls. This time, it was Todd McShay of ESPN. Talk all you want about The Worldwide Leader and their oversaturation, yelling and bias, McShay and Mel Kiper know their stuff inside and out. Made for an interesting (as draft nerdery goes) hour of Q&A between McShay and reporters. As is the case every year, the topic of quarterbacks dominated the conversation. And this year, the Bengals are in on it. I've said it many times before and will continue to do so, I think Day 2 of the draft is the most important of the Bengals offseason. It will provide the best insight to the biggest question of the offseason: How much are the Bengals buying into Andy Dalton? The earlier the QB pick, the bigger the insurance policy. Also, the bigger the bargaining chip. With a deep crop of second tier quarterbacks the question is which would be the best fit for the Bengals and which won't be around come picks 55 and 88. To pre-answer your question, no, I just don't see the Bengals springing for a QB at No. 24. That includes if Teddy Bridgewater slides there. Too many other players will be available with better fit, talent and ability to make an impact than a quarteback who has a good chance to never see the field in Cincinnati. If they did shock the world and go QB then it would present the exact opposite message the team has relayed inwardly and outwardly regarding Dalton. I'll be offering CostCo-sized servings of this topic next week, but for now, here's comment from McShay on a few of the leading candidates:
Walkthrough 5.1: Which QB fits Bengals?
Cincinnati Enquirer | May 2