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Sports Illustrated: Redrafting the first round gives the Bengals a tight end

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Sports Illustrated takes us in the Delorean to travel back to May 8, 2014. We're re-drafting the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. Cincinnati goes with an offensive player this time.

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Let's pretend that the New England Patriots did something so deliciously evil last May that the NFL decided to re-draft the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. Gah... as if the Patriots would threaten the integrity of the game, gah. We're back in Radio City, viciously booing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and watching New York Jets fans act like drunken comics after every selection is made -- they think we're laughing with them, too.

Doug Farrar with Sports Illustrated redrafted the first round and named quarterback Derek Carr as the first pick in the 2014 NFL draft. The next four selections are wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (Rams), defensive lineman Aaron Donald (Jaguars), wide receiver Mike Evans (Bills) and linebacker Khalil Mack (Raiders).

Snoooooooze.

With the 2014 NFL draft, the Bengals select North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron.

Dennard is still getting the hang of the NFL, though he has the potential to be a good player in time. One wonders, though, how Ebron would have fared in an offense that wants to be friendly to tight ends but hasn't been so of late. Word is that Jermaine Gresham won't be in Cincinnati's plans in 2015.

Interesting.

Ebron finished the season with 25 receptions for 248 yards receiving and a touchdown in 2014 -- he started seven games and played 13.