NFL Draft 2019: Bengals reportedly may want to pick quarterback in first round

The Bengals may soon be selecting Andy Dalton’s replacement.

“There’s talk around the league” that Cincinnati is looking to select a quarterback with the No. 11 pick in this month’s draft, according to a report from Bleacher Report.

Dalton completed 61.9 percent of his passes and threw for 21 touchdowns, along with 11 interceptions, in 11 games with the Bengals last season. He has been the team’s starter under center since 2011.

Cincinnati fired longtime coach Marvin Lewis in late December and replaced him with Zac Taylor.

“I know (Dalton’s) smart, I’ve followed his whole career,” Taylor told the Cincinnati Enquirer in early February. “He’s a great fit for what we are going to do. … I know all about his background. I probably never pictured I was going to coach him, but I’m very fortunate he’s the quarterback here and I’m excited to work with him.”

Bengals director of personnel Duke Tobin told the Enquirer the team was “very comfortable” with Dalton but said it may consider drafting another quarterback.

“We think he’s got a number of years left,” Tobin said. “We feel like we can win with him. But with any position group, we don’t just throw away the whole draft board at a group just because we’re satisfied with who we have.

“We’ll evaluate them and look at them and see if there’s an opportunity to add a guy at every position.”

The Bengals could be considering nabbing a number of quarterbacks. Former Oklahoma star Kyler Murray is expected to be selected before they pick. But, there’s an outside chance Dwayne Haskins is still available at 11 while Drew Lock may be another option.

Daniel Jones and Will Grier round out the group of top signal callers in the 2019 draft.