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Bengals Bytes (4/14): Bengals, Ron Jaworski, Aaron Hernandez, Lawrence Phillips and Urban Meyer

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AFC North of yesteryear quite a Hall
Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson starts counting the Pro Football Hall of Famers on the field in that 2008 AFC title game between the Steelers and the Ravens and only then can you realize how good the AFC North was in the previous decade. Jackson, then the quarterbacks coach for the Ravens, has been asked about that game Pittsburgh won during the past few days in the wake of Steelers safety Troy Polamalu’s retirement.

Walkthrough 4.13: What's the WR draft sweet spot?
With the increased production and depth of receivers coming out of the draft, I wanted to take a look at where the best value is being found over the last four years. How much better are first-rounders performing than second round, or even back to the third day of the draft?

Cincinnati Bengals draft needs by position: Offensive tackle
With their top three offensive tackles entering their 10th (Whitworth and Winston) and seventh seasons (Smith), the Bengals are in need of getting younger at the position. Specifically, they need to add fresh, early-round talent that could start at any point after this season. It's unlikely the drafted player will see much action as a rookie because of Whitworth, Smith and Winston's presence. But because those three will all be free agents next offseason, the Bengals have to place a high priority on attempting to replace them.

Cincinnati Bengals' draft needs, targets, predictions
Ahead of the 2015 NFL draft, Insider is providing guides for all 32 teams: biggest need positions from Football Outsiders, top prospect targets from scouts Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl and predictions on how everything will play out from our NFL Nation team reporters.

Ohio State Buckeyes make Urban Meyer second-highest paid coach with extension
Fresh off a national title, Urban Meyer was rewarded with both a sizable raise and an extension from Ohio State that will make him the second-highest-paid coach in the country. The Buckeyes announced Meyer's new contract Monday afternoon, locking him down until 2020 with a salary bump that will earn him an average of $6.5 million over the course of the deal.

Troy Polamalu's retirement spotlights Hall of Fame's lack of safeties
The Pro Football Hall of Fame does not have safety in numbers; only one has been elected in the past 26 years. Troy Polamalu’s retirement shines a glaring spotlight on the issue. Remembering the Steeler legend’s career (with help from a rival Raven), plus the impact of Sarah Thomas, the latest draft rumors and more

Ron Jaworski Thinks Marcus Mariota Will Be Taken 1st in the NFL Draft
"The latest I’m hearing now from my sources around the league, who are pretty wired in, is that he’s going to go number one now to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers," said Jaworski.

Aaron Hernandez jury still deliberating as Patriots feted in Boston
And down here their one-time star tight end, Aaron Hernandez, spent most of the day in a holding pen at the Fall River Justice Center, sitting around as a jury deliberated whether he was responsible for the June 17, 2013, murder of Odin Lloyd. The panel of seven women and five men made no determination Monday, concluding 27 hours of work. They'll return Tuesday at 9 a.m. ET.

Lawrence Phillips, former NFL running back, suspected of killing prison cellmate
Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central California prison, officials said Monday. Phillips' cellmate at Kern Valley State Prison was found lifeless early Saturday and later pronounced dead, prison spokesman Lt. Marshall Denning said in a statement.

Russell Wilson on Real Sports says he doesn’t want to kill the dream of playing baseball
"You never want to kill the dream of playing two sports," Wilson said in a clip of the interview that was provided to media today by HBO for the show that will debut on April 21. "I would honestly play two sports." Most Read Stories Warm 'blob' off our coast may explain weird weather UW scientists, biotech firm may have cure for colorblindness Kayakers killed at Dungeness Bay weren't prepared for storm Last season, Lamar Neagle of the Sounders suddenly realized the importance of a family Warm 'blob' off our coast may explain weird weather Asked by Gumbel what is stopping him, Wilson said "I don’t know. I may push the envelope a little bit one of these days."

2015 NFL draft rankings: Alabama safety Landon Collins
15. Landon Collins, S, Alabama Bio: Before every one of his games since high school, Collins has fired up Sean Taylor's highlight videos on YouTube. Collins wore No. 26 at Alabama as a tribute to Taylor, who sported the same number while playing for the University of Miam