You know that saying, “You can never have enough corners?” The Bengals may go down as the architect of that age-old bromide after they took a cornerback in the first round Thursday night for the third time in the last five years. And the selection of Houston’s William Jackson III with the 24th pick makes it five corners in the last 11 drafts dating back to South Carolina’s Johnathan Joseph with that 24th pick in 2006.
Go back to that franchise-changing draft of 2011 when they took the silky smooth A.J. Green with the fourth pick and the deadly resourceful Andy Dalton next with the 35th pick. And just maybe one of the bigger reasons the Bengals have gone to five straight postseasons since is because of who they are as much as what they’ve done.
The final Bengals.com Media Mock Draft is in from our national panelists on newspapers and web sites and it leaves you feeling a little bit like you just watched the umpteenth slate of Super Tuesday primary returns. Not bad. But you’d just as soon have the real thing and November is here Thursday (8 p.m.-NFL Network, ESPN) when the first round of the draft takes the stage in Chicago.