If the Bengals don’t select a quarterback in the first, they should go for one in the second. The Ryan Finley experiment has been cut short after just three games. Andy Dalton is still under contract next season, but the team would simply be taking a step backwards from the evaluation they previously made. Dalton isn’t the biggest problem. but they need to find an upgrade at the position. Enter, Anthony Gordon.
The Washington State signal caller may be college football’s best kept secret. Bleacher report recently did an article detailing his incredible ascension. He slipped through the cracks of recruiting networks, ranking as a 0-star recruit and earning no scholarship offers out of high school. He wisely went the junior-college route until his opportunity came along.
Gordon took over for Gardner Minshew this season and has filled up the stat sheet. He has thrown for an absurd 45 touchdowns and just under 5,000 yards passing along the way. Those numbers surpass the marks of Heisman hopeful and possible Bengal Joe Burrow.
There are many attributes that should get fans excited about Gordon. A great release, incredible anticipation, a strong arm, and much more. He could be a perfect option for the Bengals. To acquire Chase Young and still pick up a top flight quarterback talent is a dream scenario for Cincinnati.
Jake Fromm has started at Georgia for three years but has seen a dip in his play this season. Some scouts view him as having a limited ceiling. Analysts seem to have concerns with Jalen Hurts’ arm and ball placement. Jordan Love has shown flashes, but has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns. All three could end up as good NFL quarterbacks, but Gordon offers a middle ground of production and potential that makes him the best pick here.