If Bengals trade draft pick they won’t move far down

LANDOVER, MARYLAND - NOVEMBER 22: (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MARYLAND - NOVEMBER 22: (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /

The Bengals are likely to keep the fifth pick to maintain to draft a premier talent according to Director of Player Personnel Duke Tobin during a zoom meeting with reporters on Wednesday. If Cincinnati does make a move, Tobin implied that they would move down just enough to still draft a premier talent.

The consensus mock drafts have the Bengals selecting Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell or LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase with Florida tight end Kyle Pitts also a possibility. Whomever Cincinnati selects in the 2021 NFL Draft, they are expected to find help for Chase’s college quarterback Joe Burrow.

The split among the Bengals fanbase and with media is primarily between Chase and Sewell. The debate is between getting Sewell who can help protect Burrow and become the best left tackle the Bengals have had since Pro Football Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz or give him another playmaker on offense in Chase.

Pitts could become one of the best TEs in the NFL but projects to be riskier of a pick than Chase or Pitts. The Bengals could potentially move down at the most five spots in the NFL Draft and add at least an extra second-round pick. For a team in the midst of a rebuilt that is not a bad option for Cincinnati

"“We have discussions with teams all the time about potentials and are you willing to talk about it. Yeah, we’re willing to talk about it. It has to be right. I don’t anticipate going down to a point where we’re losing the level of player we’re looking at right now.I think we’re in a good spot in this draft to get one of the guys who is a premier talent. Anybody we take with that fifth pick, the expectation is he’s going to come in and help us win immediately and play a big role. I Think We’re In A Good Spot To Get An Elite Talent”"

The group of five QBs projected to be selected in the first round could work in the Bengals favor if they choose to move down a few spots in the NFL Draft and still get one of the players they want. That would presumably be Chase, Pitts, or Sewell. Only a few of the teams picking just after Cincinnati could target a QB.

The Detroit Lions draft seventh, followed by the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants. Denver is the most likely of those teams looking for a QB with New York possible. Carolina just traded for Sam Darnold from the New York Jets and Dallas has Dak Prescott.

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The decision to trade back in the draft by Cincinnati would have to return a huge haul in return. If that trade would include first-round picks in 2021 and 2022 while still being able to draft one of the players while still obtaining the premiere player Tobin alludes to in this draft, they might decide dot make the trade.