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Bengals Bytes (4/20): Super Bowl safari

Take a look at Pro Football Focus' draft board for the Bengals, and a few Broncos celebrated the Super Bowl in unique fashion. Also why we all can't look away from the Johnny Manziel drama.

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PFF Draft Board for Cincinnati Bengals

PFF is putting together team-specific draft boards for all 32 franchise using our draft rankings and evaluation of how each player fits in specific schemes. Included are three ideal targets for each team with their first-, second-, and third-round picks, along with a team-specific draft board [scroll down to bottom of article] that includes every player in PFF’s draft rankings. Here is the entry for the Cincinnati Bengal.:

Specs and bets

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. From the time Urban tore his Achilles’ in a pick-up basketball game last Wednesday night to his surgery Friday morning, all of 36 hours had passed and then he was on the field Tuesday morning at Paul Brown Stadium in scooter shepherding the receivers through the team’s local prospects day.

Bengals Draft Strategy: Quarterbacks

In this nine-part series, The Enquirer takes a look at the strategy for the Bengals 2016 draft by counting down the team's positional needs from least pressing to most immediate. Bengals beat writers Paul Dehner Jr. and Jim Owczarski take a look at top players, sleepers, Bengals history, strategy and what the experts say. The draft takes place April 28-30 in Chicago.  ​Today starts with quarterbacks.

'Better than A.J. Green' Bengals coach's mantra in draft search for WR

James Urban has yet to find him. He isn't planning on stopping his search anytime soon. Whenever the Cincinnati Bengals receiver coach turns on tape of a pass-catching draft prospect, his primary mission is to see if that player is better than the best wideout he's ever coached.

NFL Nation sees Cincinnati Bengals as playoff-bound, 13-win team

In the days since the NFL released the 2016 schedule, there has been wide outcry on social media from multiple fan bases that believe their team got a raw deal in the construction of the schedule. The Cincinnati Bengals' fan base is one of them. But as challenging as the Bengals' first six games may appear to be, and as disappointing as it may be to some Bengals fans that their team will be without linebacker Vontaze Burfict for the first game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, there are still reasons to be optimistic about the direction of the year.

Random Bytes

DeMarcus Ware and Demaryius Thomas’s Super Bowl Safari | The MMQB with Peter King

Five days after hoisting the Lombardi Trophy, DeMarcus Ware and Demaryius Thomas hopped on a plane to celebrate—but they didn’t go to Disney World. The teammates went to South Africa, where they encountered a baboon, a lion chase and the lingering impact of Apartheid

SI Media Podcast: Featuring ESPN NFL front office insider Louis Riddick

Welcome to episode No. 52 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch. In this podcast, which is published weekly, Deitsch interviews members of the sports media about their work and interesting people about the sports media. This week’s podcast features ESPN NFL Front Office Insider Louis Riddick, who will work all three days of the NFL Draft on ESPN television.

Get With the Program

Any Notre Dame fan knows this already, but I’ll tell you in case you don’t: Women’s basketball is a big, big deal in South Bend. Notre Dame will always be a football school first, but the next biggest show on campus is women’s hoops.

Sammy Watkins chooses casino over offseason workouts

Bills receiver Sammy Watkins, a first-round pick in 2014, has chosen not to show up for the start of his team’s offseason program. Via Mike Rodak of, Watkins has posted on social media a photo suggesting that he’s at the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in North Carolina.

UC's Chris Moore catching eyes before NFL Draft

Chris Moore was among several NFL hopefuls donning Bengals practice jerseys Tuesday at Paul Brown Stadium, with Moore having a better chance than most of playing in actual games next season.

Johnny Manziel: Why We Cannot (and Should Not) Look Away

Johnny Manziel isn't having any fun. Get the notion that Manziel is having a blast out of your mind. He's not. Not really. Being accused of trashing a rental property is not fun. It's desperate and pathetic. Car crashes are no fun. Assault allegations and protective orders are as far away from fun as you can get.

It's time for compensatory picks in the NFL to go away.

I've racked my brain recently trying to figure out one good reason why the NFL should have compensatory picks and I've come up empty. A big, fat, zero.