After a so-so workout for Cam Newton Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine, and other quarterbacks showing elite speed, it appears that the Bengals may be better off seeking a quarterback later in the April 28th – 30th draft. Cam Newton turned in the 3rd best 40 yard dash time among quarterbacks. Virginia Tech’s Tyrod Taylor posted the top mark, blazing through with a 4.51 second timing. Compare that to AJ Green, the receiver expected to be taken somewhere in the top ten, who posted a 4.50. Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick had the second best time among quarterbacks at 4.53, while Washington’s Jake Locker tied Newton with a 4.59. At receiver, Julio Jones from Alabama (4.39) and Randall Cobb of Kentucky (4.46) beat out AJ Green among receivers expected to be picked in the first round. The fastest 40 so far at the combine was posted by RB Da’Rel Scott of Maryland, who ran a 4.34. Defensive linemen and linebackers will be performing drills Monday and defensive backs on Tuesday.
While the Bengals have needs at many positions, none have gotten more attention than the quarterback position due to Carson Palmer’s request to be traded. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they should draft a quarterback in the first round. It certainly seems that other options will be available later in the draft that will provide a backup plan just in case Palmer is serious about his threat to retire. You can find combine stats at www.NFL.com/combine.