CINCINNATI — There have been multiple reports about Joe Burrow's potential involvement in the Bengals' pre-draft process.
Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reports that the star quarterback has been "stumping" for the Bengals to take former teammate and top wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase with the fifth pick.
An unnamed coach on the staff reportedly shot that report down last week.
So how involved is Burrow in the process?
Dan Hoard asked Bengals Director of Player Personnel Duke Tobin that exact question on Monday.
"I talk to a lot of people throughout the process," Tobin said on the Bengals Booth Podcast. "He’s an engaging guy, so I like to engage with engaging guys. We’ll just leave it at that."
Tobin didn't say much, but he essentially confirmed that he has talked with Burrow about Cincinnati's draft plans.
That could've been a simple conversation about Chase, Terrace Marshall and other prospects that Burrow played with during his time at LSU. Or their talk could've been more specific. Tobin might've asked Burrow about his vision of the future and how the fifth pick fits into Cincinnati's potential success moving forward.
Why not ask the present and the future of the franchise what he thinks about taking Chase and/or Penei Sewell with the fifth pick? The Bengals seem to be down to those two prospects.
Cincinnati is likely taking an offensive player with the fifth pick. Their star quarterback will be directly impacted by whoever they pick. Getting Burrow's thoughts on both guys makes sense.
Listen to Hoard's entire conversation with Tobin below.
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