Trading for Joe Burrow: What would it take to get No. 1 pick in NFL Draft from Bengals?

first_imgBut a bunch of additional high draft choices also could do the trick if the Bengals decide to trade out of the top spot, still draft a top QB and then draft wisely with their boatload of remaining picks.The bottom line is anything can happen between now and the draft.Jeff Diamond is a former president of the Titans and former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He makes speaking appearances to corporate/civic groups and college classes on negotiation and sports business/sports management. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL. In the final analysis, there are many factors that lead me to believe the Bengals will stick with Burrow. He is the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, the national champion QB and has Ohio roots, having played high school football in Athens, Ohio. Those factors can be a huge aid in the sale of tickets, suites and sponsorships. And the top pick in the draft can energize the team and organization if he’s the real deal and make the team competitive in short order.I have a hunch Brown, as the ultimate decision-maker, will take into account the last time Cincinnati had the No. 1 overall pick. In 2003, they stayed put and selected another former Heisman Trophy-winning QB in Carson Palmer. He was a solid starter for eight seasons in Cincy, made two Pro Bowls and led the Bengals to two AFC North titles. That worked out well before Palmer went on to play seven more years in Oakland and Arizona.The Bengals must put the right supporting cast around Burrow or any young QB so he has the chance to excel. That includes better coaching by Taylor and his staff along with some free-agent and draft additions to bolster the offense at wide receiver and on an offensive line that gave up 48 sacks, ninth most in the league.MORE FROM DIAMOND:What really goes on at the NFL CombineWith an estimated $45 million in cap space (that can be increased by $17.7 million if they trade or release Dalton), the Bengals can augment the O-line, extend a two-time 1,000-yard back in Joe Mixon and possibly re-sign receiver A.J. Green — a seven-time Pro Bowler coming off two injury-filled seasons — or add another premier receiver to pair with Tyler Boyd. They also can use their cap room and later draft rounds to improve their No. 29 ranked defense. NFL MOCK DRAFT 2020:Bengals stay put; Tua slides; Colts go QBBurrow appears to be the top prize in this draft class at the game’s most critical position, a complete QB with the arm, escapability, instincts, leadership skill and ability to quickly work through his progressions and find the open receiver. The question is whether the Bengals see Burrow as the next Andrew Luck, an example of a top overall pick who in 2012 was considered such a premier prospect that any trade talk was quickly shut down by the Colts.If the Cincinnati football brass believes that’s the case, they should tell any potential suitors to save their breath. No mega-package of picks and players should then be considered, as QB is too important of a position, especially for a team that has seen basically average QB play (and no playoff wins) the past nine years with Andy Dalton at the helm.However, if the Bengals believe a talented-when-healthy Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert or another QB is close enough to Burrow, then it behooves them to gauge the interest of teams such as the Dolphins at No. 5 and the Chargers at No. 6, both of whom will be looking to draft a QB high. Or as was the case with the Rams, who took a big leap from No. 15 to No. 1 when they selected Goff, it could be a team further down such as Jacksonville (No. 9), Indianapolis (No. 13), Tampa Bay (No. 14) or Denver (No. 15) if any of them are enamored with Burrow and can put the right package together.It also could be a surprise team such as Detroit at No. 3 or Carolina at No. 7 that decides to make a run at the first pick due to concerns over the ability of Matthew Stafford or Cam Newton to stay healthy. Or how about the Raiders at No. 12 if Jon Gruden thinks Burrow is a major upgrade over Derek Carr?If the Bengals were to trade back to the mid-first round, they could try to move back into the top 10 as the Titans did after the Rams trade. However, if Cincinnati considers trading the pick, it’s in the team’s best interest to stay in the top five or six so they can perhaps have a shot at Tagovailoa or Herbert, or maybe Jacob Eason if that’s who the Bengals like.IYER: Why Burrow’s hand size doesn’t matterThe Bengals could fortify their roster in lots of areas with a Titans-like haul, but I’ll be surprised if it happens.The Dolphins have three first-round picks and two seconds in this draft, so they’re the most capable of putting a tempting offer on the table. But I see them looking to pick Tagovailoa or Herbert at No. 5 and using their other high picks to boost coach Brian Flores’ 30th ranked defense. Perhaps the Chargers would put a big offer together in an effort to get a marquee player in Burrow to help them compete with the Rams for fans in the new LA stadium. But dropping to No. 6 is dangerous for Cincinnati, as it could lose all three top QB prospects.center_img Joe Burrow made clear at the NFL Combine he will play for the Bengals if they select him with the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. What remains to be seen is whether team owner Mike Brown, player personnel director Duke Tobin and coach Zac Taylor are convinced the LSU quarterback is their clear-cut choice at No. 1.Is there another player Cincinnati prefers? Would the Bengals trade the top pick if they can get a king’s ransom in return, such as the haul the Titans received in the Jared Goff deal with the Rams four years ago? If so, Cincinnati should be looking to equal or exceed what Tennessee received, which was six picks (two firsts, two seconds and two thirds) in the first three rounds of the 2016 and 2017 drafts. That would be my posture and asking price. Getty Images