Posted by Will Brinson
This may not come as a surprise because of the Carson Palmer situation in Cincinnati, but the Bengals need some help at the quarterback position.
And according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer -- who also notes that Ryan Mallett will be Cincy on Thursday and Friday -- they're almost definitely going to use a pick on a QB in either the first or second rounds.
Which means that more so than in most years past, the No. 1 overall spot is a first domino that could go in a number of directions. See, Cincinnati would likely take, or consider taking -- according to Reedy -- Cam Newton or Blaine Gabbert with the fourth-overall pick.
But if they're both gone (which is a decent possibility), then the Bengals will turn their attention to the second round, where they'll consider quarterbacks like Mallett, Christian Ponder, Andy Dalton, Jake Locker and Colin Kaepernick.
Which, honestly, isn't that horrible of a spot to be in -- Ponder and Dalton are considered as "pro-ready" as anyone in the draft, and would likely fit well with what Jay Gruden wants to run, offensively, in Cincy.
Getting someone who could step in right away would also go a much longer way to leveraging Palmer from jumping into retirement than would the Bengals rolling into the season with only he and his brother Jordan Palmer as roster options for signal-calling purposes.
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