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Bengals Bytes (4/22): Purple rain

Take a trip back in time to look at the Bengals' draft history. One scout has a very unflattering comparison for Cardale Jones, and the Vikings mourn the loss of long time supporter, Prince.

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First draft of history
No custom-tailored suit. No agent tailored for the custom of the mega contract. No announcement tweeted to the global village. No hug from the commissioner. Hell, not even a hug from the wife. Just one big question. When he gets back to his apartment in student housing at the University of Tennessee from a class for his industrial engineering degree, Jane Johnson, his wife of six weeks in a voice coated with her native Gulf Shores and an innate irreverence for the game, asks, "What’s a Bengal?"

Bengals' draft strategy: Offensive line
The Enquirer takes a look at strategy for the Bengals 2016 draft by counting down the team's positional needs from least pressing to most immediate. The nine-part series looks at top players, sleepers, Bengals history, strategy and what the experts say. The draft takes place April 28-30 in Chicago. Today offensive line.

Bengals' burial of 2015 doesn't mean getting back to business as usual
While the thesis of Marvin Lewis' welcome-back-to-town speech earlier this week centered upon a theme of burial, the Cincinnati Bengals coach also issued a few other more traditional instructions for his players to follow.

With Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu gone, Bengals focus on WR future
As soon as Andy Dalton learned receiver Marvin Jones had rebuffed the Cincinnati Bengals' free agency offer last month and instead took a five-year, $40 million deal to play with the Detroit Lions, his mind quickly turned to one question. "Who is the next guy going to be?"

7 things you didn't know about Bengals draft history
The Cincinnati Bengals participated in their first NFL Draft in 1968, when they made 41 picks. In the years since, the Bengals have drafted a total of 612 players from 193 different colleges, schools ranging from Tuskegee to James Madison to BYU to Ohio State. With the 2016 NFL Draft coming on April 28, we pulled data about the Bengals' draft history from Pro Football Reference to see what we would find. Here are seven things you might not have know about the Bengals' history in the draft.

Bengals reportedly visited with Mississippi State DT Chris Jones
The Bengals were one of four teams to recently visit with Mississippi State defensive tackle Chris Jones, per a report out Tuesday from Rand Getlin of NFL Media. Others to have visited with Jones in addition to the Bengals, per Getlin, were the Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Baltimore Ravens. CBS Sports projects Jones as a second-round pick and ranks him as the No. 8 defensive tackle.

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Re-drafting the boffo 2015 running back class
Todd Gurley became the first running back drafted in the first round since 2012. With a year in the rearview mirror, Gregg Rosenthal looks at where last year's running backs should have been drafted.

NBA Players, Like Us, Can't Stop Touching Their Phones at Halftime
A question of willpower: if you were being paid tens of thousands to each play professional basketball game, could you manage to stay off your phone at halftime? Easy for me to say hell yes from a haughty blogger perch—and maybe the answer still is hell yes—but for many NBA players, scrolling through the Twitter mentions has become halftime ritual, says the New York Times. Though the league has no official policy against phone use (so long as you don’t post anything to social media), some of the perpetrators, like the Knicks’ Kevin Seraphin, ooze with guilt.

NFL scout blasts Cardale Jones, calls him a 'poor man's JaMarcus Russell'
This isn’t going to help Cardale Jones’ case for getting drafted. In Bob McGinn’s assessment of the draft’s top quarterbacks for the Journal Sentinel, one NFL scout blasted the former Ohio State quarterback by comparing him to the biggest draft bust of all time.

Could former Xavier player reach the NFL?
Xavier guard Remy Abell recently finished his collegiate basketball career and is about to graduate with a degree in sport management, so it’s only logical that his next step would be trying out for the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Say what?

Howie Roseman: Trading for second pick was not about the 2016 team
Such that there should have been any remaining doubt after his first month back in charge, but the Eagles are clearly Howie Roseman’s team again. And his year off to think about how he’d do things differently apparently told him it was going to be more than a one-year process.

Hue Jackson: Trade was best thing for our organization
Browns coach Hue Jackson met the media on Thursday and Wednesday’s trade involving the second overall pick of the draft was a major topic of conversation. Jackson said that he thinks both Carson Wentz and Jared Goff are "going to have fine careers" in the NFL, but that making the deal and netting extra picks in each of the next three drafts "was the best thing for our organization."

Vikings "will forever be proud and grateful" Prince was a fan
The world is mourning the death of Prince on Thursday by revisiting the long and varied catalog of music he gave the world over the last four decades. One of the lesser known songs on that list, "Purple and Gold," had a connection to the football world.

Josh Norman meeting with Washington Redskins on Friday
All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman is scheduled to visit with the Washington Redskins on Friday, two days after the Carolina Panthers rescinded the franchise tag on him, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The San Francisco 49ers are also among the teams showing interest in Norman, the source said.

Demarcus Lawrence Reportedly Facing 4-Game Suspension: Details and Reaction
The Dallas Cowboys could lose another defensive player because of a suspension, as defensive end Demarcus Lawrence is reportedly facing a four-game ban from the NFL.     Per a Wednesday report by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the league informed Lawrence and the Cowboys that he failed a drug test, which could result in a four-game suspension. Rapoport also noted Lawrence plans to appeal.