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Here's Why the Bengals Are Big Winners of the 49ers-Dolphins Trade

Max Staley
The Cincinnati Bengals are big winners of the 49ers-Dolphins trade.
The Cincinnati Bengals are big winners of the 49ers-Dolphins trade. / Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

The San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins rocked the NFL world Friday with a massive exchange of draft picks. San Francisco sent the No. 12 pick along with a horde of other selections over to Miami in exchange for the No. 3 pick.

This move will obviously have some major ripple effects on the 2021 NFL Draft. But one of the biggest winners of this deal wasn't even involved in the trade: the Cincinnati Bengals.

This trade essentially guarantees that the first three picks in the draft will be quarterbacks. It will also make a lot of QB-needy teams nervous, increasing the chances of a similar deal happening at No. 4 overall.

That would be incredible for Cincinnati. With Joe Burrow at the helm for the foreseeable future, the Bengals obviously aren't in the market for a new QB. If the first four picks are indeed all quarterbacks, Cincinnati would be able to land the No. 1 player on their big board with the No. 5 pick.

And this draft looks absolutely loaded at the top. The Bengals will almost certainly have their pick between the likes of Ja'Marr Chase, Penei Sewell, DeVonta Smith and Kyle Pitts.

Prior to this trade, the Dolphins would've likely been in the market for those same players at No. 3, leaving the Bengals at their mercy. Moving ahead of Miami without giving up any draft capital has to feel pretty sweet.

Whoever the pick ends up being, this 49ers-Dolphins trade puts the Bengals one step closer to getting their No. 1 target in the 2021 NFL Draft.

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