“The Bengals figure to be in the market for a young quarterback with backup Bruce Gradkowski headed to free agency, but they aren’t looking to push Andy Dalton out of a job so they probably won’t use their early picks on one,” writes Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.
This year’s group of quarterback prospects is a bit of an enigma at this point. There are some positive aspects regarding a number of players, but there are also just as many question marks.
Drafting a quarterback in the mid-to-late rounds makes a lot of sense given that they make a limited amount of money and could develop into a serviceable player at some point in the future. Older players that are brought in from the free agent market can make as much as a 4 or 5 times more than a player drafted in the third-round and they’re usually on the downswing of their careers.
Hobson writes that North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon could be someone that the Bengals have their eye on.
E.J. Manuel (Florida State), Tyler Wilson (Arkansas), Landry Jones (Oklahoma), Ryan Nassib (Syracuse) and Zac Dysert (Miami University) are some of the other quarterbacks that could be available in the middle rounds of this year’s draft.