3 Players the Bengals Should Take in the 2020 NFL Draft

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA - NOVEMBER 23: Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers throws a pass against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Stadium on November 23, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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At this point, fans of the 0-11 Cincinnati Bengals have to be looking ahead to the 2020 NFL Draft. And who can blame them? The 2020 class is absolutely stacked, loaded with players who project to be top-level defensive talent, elite wideouts and an enticing crop of signal-callers.

With the Bengals currently projected to have the No. 1 overall pick, here are three players Cincinnati should target in the 2020 NFL Draft.

1. Joe Burrow, Quarterback, LSU Tigers

OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI - NOVEMBER 16: Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers reacts during a game against the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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At this point, Joe Burrow is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy and to be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, both according to FanDuel Sportsbook. And it's not hard to see why. Burrow has led the Tigers to an 11-0 record, he leads the country in completion percentage (78.9) and he is second in the nation in passing yards (4,014), passing touchdowns (41) and passer rating (203.7). Given the uncertainty at quarterback in Cincinnati, with the benching of Andy Dalton (and subsequent benching of Ryan Finley), Burrow, an Ohio native, almost makes too much sense for the Bengals.

2. Chase Young, Defensive End, Ohio State Buckeyes

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 23:  Chase Young #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before a game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium on November 23, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Burrow might be the best prospect at the most important position, but Chase Young is arguably the best overall player in this class. He leads the nation with 16.5 sacks, despite missing two games due to a suspension. If Young finishes the season with his current 32.4 percent pass-rush win rate, it would be the highest grade Pro Football Focus has ever given out. No other lineman has ever finished above 30.0 percent in that grade, and he's still only 20 years old. Young looks like one of the most accomplished collegiate pass-rushers ever, and he'd bring a much-needed boost to a Cincinnati pass-rush that has a 4.8 sack percentage, the third-worst mark in the NFL.

3. Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback, Cincinnati Bengals

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - NOVEMBER 9:   Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is helped off the field after being injured on a play in the first half of a game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Starkville, Mississippi.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Right now, Burrow and Young would likely be the best picks for Cincinnati. That being said, when healthy Tua Tagovailoa was the consensus No. 1 pick in this draft. The hip injury certainly clouds his value, as he's likely going to miss the entire 2020 season, but if he can get healthy, he's likely still the best pure quarterback talent in this class. The benefit here is that Cincinnati could theoretically trade down a couple spots, pick up some future picks, and still grab Tagovailoa. That's an enticing option, because Cincinnati has holes all over its roster that one player alone won't be able to fix. The Bengals' offense has the third-highest turnover percentage in the NFL (17.5), are tied for the sixth-highest sack percentage (8.6) and have averaged the fifth-fewest yards per play (5.5). Defensively, the Bengals have allowed a league-high 6.5 yards per play, 97 first downs (10 more than any other defense) and 166.4 rushing yards per game. It's a gamble, but drafting Tua gives the Bengals a legitimate shot at a franchise QB and allows them to hopefully patch up some other holes on the roster.

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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