CINCINNATI — The Bengals don't have an official general manager, but Duke Tobin is their Director of Player Personnel, which means he's making most of the decisions in the NFL Draft and in free agency.
Where does Tobin rank among NFL general managers? Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com released his own power rankings earlier this week.
Tobin is 14th on the list, behind Chris Ballard (Colts), Kevin Colbert (Steelers) and Mickey Loomis (Saints), among others.
"The Bengals like to keep their power structure mysterious, but it's clear Tobin has run the team's drafts since before Marvin Lewis was excised," Rosenthal wrote. "Aside from a glaring shortcoming when it comes to early O-line picks (Billy Price, Cedric Ogbuehi), Tobin's drafts make sense. Tyler Boyd, Joe Mixon, Jessie Bates and Tee Higgins are second-round picks that play like firsts. Carl Lawson and Sam Hubbard were fantastic mid-round defensive picks. No matter what happens from here on out with Joe Burrow, the Bengals are proof that you need to do more than stack rock-solid drafts to succeed at the highest levels."
The Bengals have gotten plenty of picks right over the years, but their first-round busts have really kept them from righting the ship.
It's hard to field a winning team after spending first round picks on Cedric Ogbuehi, John Ross and Billy Price. Mix in other disappointments like Jake Fisher, Ryan Finley, Malik Jefferson, Mark Walton, Josh Malone and Jordan Willis and it's easy to see why the Bengals have had five straight losing seasons.
Tobin has had his fair share of success as well. He helped the Bengals reach the playoffs in five straight years from 2011-15. He had plenty of quality drafts from 2010-12, which helped set the table for that run.
Rosenthal only ranks 23 general managers. Tobin is ahead some big names, including Bill Belichick, Dave Gettleman, Steve Keim and Howie Roseman.
The other nine are in the "newbies" category. Check out the entire list here.
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