2020 NFL Draft: 32-pick Round 1 mock with 49ers selecting twice
By Peter Panacy
Unless the Bengals get a king’s ransom for the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, they’ll select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow to kick off things in 2020.
Even if other teams are willing to give up their first-round picks for the next five years to Cincinnati, holding onto the chance to grab Burrow is something second-year head coach Zac Taylor needs to have happen.
The Bengals are going through an identity change this offseason and spent some considerable cash in free agency to make some much-needed upgrades.
With veteran quarterback Andy Dalton being phased out, a new identity for the franchise needs to be found.
Burrow did more than just turn heads for the LSU Tigers last season. He emerged as one of the most exciting college prospects in recent years and has all the tools desirable to suggest he can be a perennial Pro Bowler at the pro level for seasons to come.
Cincinnati hasn’t had someone like that for years now.