Before the Bengals drafted Andrew Billings, the Waco Weigh Station, he had already heard about two of their defensive tackles. The story about Pro Bowler Geno Atkins helped ease his concerns about slipping to the fourth round and he was aware how well former Bengal Devon Still wore No. 75 during his daughter’s heroic conquest of cancer.
After working with him back in March, Kevin Greene, all 245 Hall of Fame pounds of him, all passionate pop and vintage verve and 160 high-engine sacks, has never seen anyone like Margus Hunt.
Pro Bowl cornerback Adam Jones, a budding college scout who covers more ground than his punt returns, is in the wings if the personnel department needs him. On Monday he praised the Bengals draft room for the selection of Houston cornerback William Jackson at No. 24, declaring him a better prospect than the draft’s No. 1 corner.
The call came for Darius Hillary in the lightning round, the half hour or so of madness right after the draft, otherwise known as college free agency. The flash could end in a father-son Bengals combo.
Duke Tobin loves doubles. The homers are great, like A.J. Green and Andy Dalton. But Tobin knows this five-year run in which the Bengals have the fifth best record in the NFL has been built by solid and sober decisions in a draft room chaired by Bengals president Mike Brown and powered by grades.
The Bengals rounded out their 2016 draft class with a pair of productive college players with plenty of NFL upside: wide receiver Cody Core of Ole Miss and safety Clayton Fejedelem of Illinois.