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Former Bengals cornerback Artrell Hawkins, a second-round pick 14 years ago, loves many things about the newest Bengasl cornerback, Alabama's
"He's the hardest hitter they've had in the secondary since, well, me," saiid Hawkins, who left after the 2003 season. "He's very competitive, very smart and plays with a flair. He's going to make everyone more competitive back there."
GOOD REVIEWS: The Bengals go into Friday's second and third rounds with generally good reviews for their work in the first.
After NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock called the
FIRST PLANS: Kirkpatrick and Zeitler are getting the Paul Brown Stadium whirlwind tour Friday, highlighted by the 3 p.m. news conference. Then they'll head over to the LeBlond Boys and Girls Club in Over-The-Rhine to visit and sign autographs.
MORE FOUNDATIONS: More signs that quarterback
MORE TRADES?: After dealing down in the first round, will the Bengals do Friday what they’ve only done twice before and trade up? It's costly if they want to go from 53 in the second round up to 40 or so, which according to the charts takes a fourth and fifth-rounder. That's tough for a team that has drafted in the fourth round current starting defensive linemen
But if the right guy were there? Getting up in the top 10 in the third round from about the middle of the round would be about a fifth and a sixth and the Bengals have three fifth-rounders.