One of them might wind up in town this weekend, starting an extended stay.
That could change.
Cincinnati isn't likely to take a quarterback with the fourth overall pick in the first round. The Bengals are more likely to try to add a playmaker to their defense or look for a receiver to replace Chad Ochocinco.
"There comes a great value with that pick," Marvin Lewis said on Monday, "and we want to make sure, in every pick that we make, that we get a player that meets that value and we feel real good about him in that particular slot."
"I think it's public, common knowledge that we spent a lot of time with all of these guys, from the time we spent in Mobile all the way through this past weekend," Lewis said. "So it gives us a chance, I think, to know the guys. There is some depth.
"I think they all have some great attributes. I think the one thing that's common in all of them: They've been great leaders for their football team, and I think that's a good attribute to have as a quarterback coming into the National Football League."
Jordan Palmer was promoted to No. 2 quarterback last season, but has little game experience. He has played in four games the past two seasons, going 10 of 15 for 59 yards with two interceptions. He has never started an NFL game.
The No. 3 quarterback is Dan LeFevour, who was a rookie from Central Michigan last season and never played in a game.
The Bengals are trying to change offenses under new coordinator Jay Gruden, but can't have contact with players. If they draft a quarterback, they won't be able to work with him, either, while the labor dispute lingers. When the dispute is settled, they could sign a veteran or try to trade for one, but he would arrive without experience in the system or familiarity with teammates.
It's not a good situation.
The other muddled matter involves the receivers. Terrell Owens led the team with 72 catches for 983 yards and nine touchdowns before getting hurt. He had a one-year deal and won't be back -- his locker on Monday had been handed over to a safety.
Georgia's A.J. Green is ranked as one of the top college receivers of the last few years and is likely to be available at No. 4.
Lewis said the labor dispute has forced teams to focus more on the draft this time.
"I guess it probably speaks back to the NFL the way it used to be, when you filled your needs generally through the draft and then you had a little bit of player movement after that," he said. "So that's the way we'll go about it."
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press