Bengals To Consider Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, Chase Young

While favored to take Ohio native Joe Burrow at No. 1 overall, the Bengals are considering three other players for the top pick. The LSU standout is, of course, among this group. But the team is also studying Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert and Chase Young for the pick, Albert Breer of reports.

The Bengals have stepped back from a report indicating they will not trade the No. 1 pick, but Breer notes the team is not expected to move down. Bengals brass praised the Heisman winner recently, and while it would be a borderline shock if they did not draft Burrow, the team plans to conduct on-campus visits and bring in each player for pre-draft workouts. Burrow, however, is still believed to be the frontrunner, per Breer.

Young is regarded by some as the best pass-rushing prospect available in years, and both Tagovailoa and Herbert entered the 2019 season with much higher profiles than Burrow. Young remains a strong bet to go to the Redskins at No. 2, and if the Bengals do draft Burrow, there could be some jockeying for position at the Nos. 3-4 slots (held by the Lions and Giants) for Tagovailoa and Herbert.

After throwing 16 touchdown passes in 13 games as a junior, Burrow tossed a record-setting 60 in the Tigers’ national championship season. Zac Taylor asked Burrow’s father, Jimmy — who, like Taylor, played at Nebraska — to see if Joe would go to the Senior Bowl, Breer adds. But Joe Burrow declined to attend the Mobile, Ala., showcase.

It is interesting as well to see a pecking order emerge before the Combine, though the Bengals’ top need is not exactly a secret. As such, Young may be trailing the three passers.

We know what Joe is on tape; we know what Tua is on tape; we know what Justin is on tape,” Bengals player personnel director Duke Tobin said, via Breer. “Our role right now is to try to find out what we don’t know — how his leadership works, how his football mind works, how quickly he adapts to different situations, what his overall personality is, what it’s like being around him on a regular Tuesday. How much passion do they have for the game? … We’re trying to get at those types of things, with every player we do, but particularly the quarterbacks.

“… I feel like I’ve got a long way to go, because I’m just now starting the process of asking people close to them what they think of them.”

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30 comments on “Bengals To Consider Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, Chase Young

  1. afsooner02

    Lol….they’re considering them….but 0% chance they take anyone but burrow if they keep the #1 pick

    • Just by talking about and creating all these shenanigans around the pick, the Bengals could lose Joe Burrow’s public commitment to accept being drafted by the Bengals. If I were Burrow, I’d say no way to either Cincinnati or Cleveland, two twin football hellholes.

      It looks like the Bengals can even miss a gimme put. Madness.

  2. This is smoke. This is saying, we are taking burrows unless you’re giving us all your firsts.

  3. crosseyedlemon

    …what it’s like being around him on a regular Tuesday.”

    Imagine explaining to your grandkids that you passed on a future Hall of Famer in the draft because you didn’t find him exciting on a Tuesday…lol.

  4. DarkSide830

    probably smoke. that theyd even suggest this suggest they’ll probably keep the top pick even more now. (as making it seem like Burrow could still be available wouldnt encourage teams to jump up as far as 1st to get him)

  5. kaehlaone

    Bengals should trade the pick if they get a haul for it. It’s not like they are a QB away and Burrow is far from a sure thing IMO.

  6. itslonelyatthetrop

    Best to do your homework. If someone offers their franchise’s soul for the 1 pick, if Burrow gets hurt before the draft, if you sign Tom Brady, you have contingency plans.

  7. BuckarooBanzai

    With this team’s draft history, the only thing that should make them even think of replying has to come from Miami and they’d have to offer at least 2 of those 1st Rounders … and that would be to get me to just acknowledge them at all

  8. Marner#16

    Burrow is the pick 60 td passes this year! Tua is banged up/injury prone/overrated.

  9. phillyballers

    Yea sorry, its Burrow or Young. Too high for Herbert and Tua needs a legit full clear medical eval. DE is just as important as QB and LT. Most important positions.

  10. Stillers12

    They are taking Burrow. Herbert may be decent too,and Tua has a shot, but I’m not a fan of his delivery. Too much Tebow. He winds up and takes too long to get rid of it.

    • jjabrony

      Maybe i’m not reading your comment correctly, but there is now way Tua has a slow release. He was consistently timed at .35 seconds which is elite release time. Comparable to Aaron Rodgers’ release time.

    • Marner#16


      Agreed as a fellow Steelers fan. You know your stuff. Tebow got lucky to win one playoff game.

  11. FromTheCheapSeats

    Nobody’s going to take Tua in the Top 10. The injury history is too significant.

    With the exception of the Dolphins and Panthers, pretty much any other team inclined to trade up to #1 is taking Chase Young.

    I think the Bengals’ evaluation of Justin Herbert is critical. If they grade him as high as Burrow, it opens the door to a possible trade.

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