WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Notes, Quotes

The Sports Xchange

April 29, 2018 at 10:44 pm.

–Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis joked the Bengals were having a regional draft since three of their first four picks drove to Paul Brown Stadium. Price came from Youngstown, Ohio, Bates from Fort Wayne, Ind., and Hubbard drove from across town.

–Lewis tantalized the media when he said the Bengals talked about trading up in the third round to get a quarterback, but apparently it didn’t get much traction. The Bengals did get a quarterback to throw into the backup mix, but they waited until the seventh round to grab Toledo’s Logan Woodside.

–Lewis was a big fan of director of player personnel Duke Tobin’s trade with the Chiefs to move from No. 100 back up into the third round.

“The move Duke made yesterday, with moving back eight spots and then moving up 20, was advantageous to us,” Lewis said Saturday. “When you looked at where we would have been at pick 100, we liked the picks that we had after picking the player (Billy Price) that we picked earlier. So that worked out great for us. We would not have been as happy with the players left on the board or the players that went there after we picked. Sitting at 100 and getting the player we wanted, that wouldn’t have occurred yesterday. So we really feel that was an advantageous move.”

–Here’s why the Bengals see Price as a solid opening-day center to battle in the AFC North: “I like my tenacity and my physicality. That’s something I really pride myself on. When you’re playing football in the Midwest, you got to make sure you’re physical, make sure you’re tough, and make sure you’re imposing your will on those guys. I feel like I do a pretty good job of that when I play.”

The Rimington Award winner for being the best center in the country ended up going to the team that drafted its first first-round center since Dave Rimington himself in 1983.