Mike Brown likes leverage almost as much as he likes quarterbacks. Or maybe it's the other way around.
For that reason, you guessed the Bengals might help themselves to a QB during Friday night's portion of the never-ending NFL draft. They didn't. (For next year, the league is pondering adding a fourth draft day, and pushing the whole thing back to near the end of May. Seriously. It's all part of the league's plan for world domination. But we digress.)
Instead of making a pick to put some heat on Andy Dalton, they made one to keep the heat away. Drafting LSU running back Jeremy Hill gives Dalton yet another toy with which to play.
It's pretty simple. Draft, say Georgia's Aaron Murray or LSU's Zach Mettenberger, offer a polite palm to Dalton's back. Don't draft a QB, include an easy chair with Dalton's new contract.
In Round 3, they picked a defensive end.
Meanwhile, Hill is a 6-foot-1, 230-pound bowling ball, who does what new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson likes to do: Use ...