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    Bengals have no intention of trading #1 pick

    Sources: Bengals have no intention of trading No. 1 overall draft pick

    ADAM SCHEFTERESPN Senior Writer5:54 AM ET2 Minute Read
    With former LSU assistant Joe Brady taking over as the Carolina offensive coordinator, there has been mounting speculation that the Panthers are plotting to move up to the No. 1 pick to draft HeismanTrophy winner Joe Burrow.
    But any speculation involving Carolina, Miami or any other quarterback-interested team should be quickly dispelled, because the Bengals have no intention of trading away the No. 1 draft pick, league sources familiar with the situation tell ESPN.
    Cincinnati plans to stay right where it is, according to sources, and presumably fill the biggest need on its roster -- quarterback. The Bengals, in the opinion of many, cannot pass on a potential franchise quarterback in Burrow, whose father already has said his son has no qualms about going to Cincinnati.
    The Bengals had the No. 1 overall pick three other times in the past: 1994, 1995 and 2003, and they never have traded out of that slot before. They did move up to No. 1 in 1995.
    Burrow, who led LSU to an undefeated season capped by a victory in Monday's College Football Playoff National Championship, has plenty of experience playing football in Ohio. He played high school ball at Athens High School, which is less than 160 miles east of downtown Cincinnati and then spent three seasons at Ohio State before transferring to LSU for his final two years of college.
    Burrow posted some of the best numbers in collegiate history this past season, setting the Football Bowl Subdivision single-season records for passing touchdowns (60) and touchdowns responsible (65). He thrived under the 30-year-old Brady, who spent this past season as LSU's passing game coordinator before returning to the NFL this past week to join new head coach Matt Rhule at Carolina.
    ESPN's Mel Kiper has Burrow ranked as the No. 2 overall prospect in April's draft, and ESPN's Todd McShay projects he will go to Cincinnati with the No. 1 pick.
    ESPN's Ben Baby contributed to this report.

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    Bengals refute ESPN's report about No. 1 pick

    Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin on Monday refuted ESPN's report that Cincinnati would not trade the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, saying that the team hasn't had "any meetings to determine that."

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    Bengals executive Duke Tobin disputes ESPN’s report about No. 1 pick

    Posted by Charean Williams on January 20, 2020, 9:55 PM EST

    Duke Tobin, the Bengals’ director of player personnel, said ESPN’s report that Cincinnati won’t trade the No. 1 pick no matter what is “news to me.”

    “I don’t know that any decision has been made for what we’re going to do in April,” Tobin said Monday, via Geoff Hobson of the team website. “We’re early in the process. We certainly haven’t had any meetings to determine that at this point. Those will be meetings we’ll have as we go through the process.”

    The Bengals hold the No. 1 overall choice by virtue of their 2-14 record. They are expected to target LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, but much can change over the next 94 days.

    Tobin, the team’s de facto General Manager, called Burrow’s senior season “a wonderful year, a year very few people have had.”

    Indeed, Burrow won the Heisman Trophy and national championship.

    Only a week has passed since LSU beat Clemson in the national title game. That makes it understandable why Burrow chose not to play in the Senior Bowl, where the Bengals staff is coaching the South team.

    “We’ve seen him,” Tobin said. “We’ll have a lot of opportunity to get to know him through the process. We feel very comfortable by the time we have to make a decision in the draft on him and the other players as well.

    “We respect his decision. He’s had a incredibly long season. It lasted a lot longer than ours did. Fifteen games at a high level. I can certainly understand needing a little time to decompress after the year they had. We certainly understand what his thoughts there.”


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