Cincinnati forced overtime after a wild finish in which it recovered an onside kick, scored on a late Tyler Eifert touchdown with no time remaining, and then Andy Dalton ran in the ensuing two-point conversion.
However, the Dolphins managed to win the game with a 37-yard Jason Sanders field goal with no time remaining in the overtime period.
It marks the first time since 2003 that Cincinnati will own the top pick in the draft. That year, the franchise drafted 2002 Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer out of USC.
It's the consolation prize for the Bengals amid a miserable 2019 season that has seen them go just 1-14, bench longtime franchise quarterback Andy Dalton for a chunk of the year and watch star wideout A.J. Green miss the entire season to injury.
Very little has gone right for the Bengals this year. But the franchise may be about to land a major game-changer.
It would be surprising if the Bengals passed on an opportunity to secure their franchise quarterback of the future. Burrow has been incredible this season, throwing for 4,715 yards, 48 touchdowns and just six interceptions while completing 77.9 percent of his passes.
Quarterback is Cincy's top need. But Young may be the best overall player in the draft after posting 44 tackles (21 for loss), 16.5 sacks, three pass deflections and seven forced fumbles. He's an absolute force off the edge and would give Cincy's front seven a major boost.
Passing up on a potential franchise quarterback could haunt this franchise for years to come, however. Expect Burrow to be the pick. In Cincy, he should breathe life into a franchise that has posted four straight losing seasons and hasn't won a playoff game in almost 30 years. The Bengals last won a postseason game in 1990. They've gone 0-7 in the postseason since.
Perhaps Burrow can be the savior.