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.
Tyler Boyd grew up cheering for Hines Ward and worked out with Marvin Jones. But he watches A.J. Green. As he walked through the Bengals locker room Saturday a day after the Bengals basically put him in their Opening Day lineup in the slot with a second-round pick, he clearly had an idea of the power structure at his new team.
Last April, despite being named the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Utah State linebacker Zach Vigil was not selected in the NFL draft. He eventually signed as a free agent with Miami and played in all 16 games as a rookie. This year when it was clear that Zach’s younger brother and former college teammate Nick was likely to be selected, their father wanted to throw a party on the second night of the draft.
Forget about the bench press, 40-yard dash, and three cone drill. When it comes to evaluating offensive line prospects, Bengals coach Paul Alexander has a unique “toughness test.” And his fifth-rounder passed with flying colors.
In the towering fourth round tradition of the Bengals defensive line, Cincinnati wowed the draftnicks with Saturday’s selection of Baylor strongman Andrew Billings. In the fifth round they added Arizona guard Chris Westerman and then went for another receiver with Cody Core of Ole Miss in the sixth round. They finished it off in the seventh round with a potential special teams demon in Illinois safety Clayton Fejedelem.
It was Throwback Friday Night for the Bengals in the NFL Draft. In the second round they drafted a confident wide receiver who routinely called himself “great,” and in the third round they took a down-hill linebacker who can play all three downs and all three spots in the Bengals 4-3 defense.
When Bengals legend Isaac Curtis stepped to the podium in Chicago to announce the Bengals second round pick in the 2016 draft Friday night, he said “Tyler Boyd” and then hesitated before adding his position. Maybe he was considering how many to mention.
After getting shut out in the first round, the Bengals dipped into the second round Friday night and drafted what very well could be their Opening Day slot receiver in Pittsburgh’s Tyler Boyd with the 55th pick.
Even as Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin and his staff held a midnight re-setting of their board for Friday’s second and third rounds of the NFL Draft (7 p.m.-NFL Network), praise rolled in for the club’s selection of Houston cornerback Will Jackson III.
How can you not like William Jackson III already? After all, his first act as a Bengal was to break the hearts of the Steelers Thursday night in the first round of the NFL Draft. The Bengals swiped him at No. 24 with the Steelers poised at No. 25 to draft their first first-round cornerback of the 21st century.
Houston cornerback Will Jackson figured he would be drafted in the first round by a team in the AFC North. But he thought it was going to be the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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.
The Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation began its hectic spring fling Tuesday night with its second annual “Date Night,” at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in downtown Cincinnati.
The Bengals went one-in-one-out on veteran NFL linebackers Tuesday when they released A.J. Hawk two days before the first round of the NFL Draft.
It’s been 360 days since the Bengals took Texas A&M tackle Cedric Ogbuehi with their first-round pick and now as they line up another first-rounder Thursday in the NFL Draft (8 p.m.-NFL Network, ESPN) Ogbuehi is trying to keep the team's tackle collection elite.
Texting while drafting isn’t a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy, so it has become an effective element in war rooms across the league as teams look to pull off trades when the draft begins a week from Thursday night with the first round, continues with the second and third rounds Friday night and ends Saturday with the final four rounds. But getting a no is easier than a yes no matter the technology.
Before tweets and mocks and combines, this is how Robert Douglas Johnson finds out he is a franchise’s first player ever drafted, the second overall player selected out of 462, and that Harvard Business School has lost his services to a start-up something called, “The Cincinnati Bengals.”
Bengals wide receivers coach James Urban is running the NFL Draft’s version of a go route even though his foot is in a cast as he continues to scramble to get a leg up on the raft of prospects in next week’s extravaganza. But the competition is just kicking in.
George Iloka called it "The Bengal Formula." The Bengals returned to work Monday thankful they found not much different had gone on at Paul Brown Stadium in the intervening four months.
Here’s a guy they thought was on the verge of breaking through last year in his sophomore season. He was playing more and more in the slot ahead of Leon Hall and coming up with big plays.
The Bengals report to work Monday for the first time since, well, that day back in January Marvin Lewis has expunged from the rolls of Bengaldom. And that’s just fine with Vontaze Burfict. We’re not talking suspension, schedule or Steelers. He’s talking about what he talks best. The game. His teammates. His defense. And, most specifically, his fellow linebackers, the deepest in Lewis' 14 years.
The Bengals momentarily leaped into 2017 on Wednesday when they wasted no time exercising the one-year option on Pro Bowl tight end Tyler Eifert even though they had three more weeks to do it.
The Bengals' 2006 draft is just one of three across the NFL that sired at least four players who were on rosters in the 10 seasons since and played significantly. But for the Bengals, Andrew Whitworth and Domata Peko mean so much more.
As he packed up his locker on Monday, AJ McCarron wore an Alabama sweatshirt and hat. He was obviously looking forward to seeing if his alma mater would beat Clemson later that night for college football’s national championship.