Bengals coach Zac Taylor never surprised to see QBs get selected high in the NFL Draft
Every year it seems like as draft day gets closer, quarterbacks start to move higher and higher on mock drafts, a development that isn’t that surprising to new Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor.
In an interview posted on the Bengals’ website, Taylor talked about how critical of a position quarterback is, which means teams might take a signal-caller even if they don’t have a first-round grade on him.
“I don’t think I’m ever surprised at how high the quarterbacks go,” he said. “There could be a lot of teams that often times don’t have a lot of first-round grades on guys that are going in the first round, and that’s just the nature of the business. It’s a critical position, so that doesn’t ever surprise me. Often times when a guy drops, you think to yourself, ‘Well shoot, I should’ve had him in the second or third round anyway because that’s where he was.’ I shouldn’t say that you’re ever surprised by that stuff.”
One of the prospects who could be a surprise first-round draft pick this year is Duke quarterback Daniel Jones. He was talked about during the season as a guy who could raise his draft stock, but even when his college career ended he was talked about as a second or third-round pick. Just in the last few weeks his draft stock has really seemed to take off, though, and now there is talk of him going earlier – maybe even during the middle of the first round.
As Zac Taylor says, that shouldn’t be a surprise, because once again this year there are a ton of teams that desire acquiring a true franchise quarterback.