I spoke with ESPN’s Todd McShay for my upcoming book, Draft Daze, and was able to cram a question about our beloved Bengals into the conversation. McShay has become one of the country’s foremost experts on the draft by logging an impressive amount of time in film study. He watches several game tapes of all the prospects before the draft. And when you consider that there are more than 220 players selected each year, you start to realize the hours involved.
So McShay’s opinions and analysis are well-informed and worthwhile. Here’s what he had to say about the Bengals’ plans for the upcoming draft:
“I think having two first-round picks and with a team that’s on the upswing, having a franchise quarterback in place and a player on the upswing in A.J. Green, (gives them some options). They haven’t been in this position. They still have some needs, but do they package some picks and get Trent Richardson if he falls or do they sit back and maybe get a really good player (at another position) that they don’t necessarily need? That’s what Baltimore has done for so many years. I’m really interested to see where they wind up going. I think the best bet is to sit there (and pick a player at No. 17) and then see if you can get a trade (at 21) and get another pick. If you don’t get Trent Richardson, you might as well wait until the second round and get (Miam’s) Lamar Miller or (Virgina Tech’s) David Wilson or (Boise State’s) Doug Martin. If I’m a Bengals fan, I think I’d like to see them use one pick on a corner, get Dre Kirkpatrick or Janoris Jenkins, and then trade the second pick and get an extra pick…There will be a team that wants to move up (at No. 21).”