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Bengals Bytes (4/28): Baby

Take a final look at how the draft might play out for the Bengals over the weekend, and it may surprise you how much you aren't surprised by Johnny Manziel's latest antics.

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Bengals.com Media Mock Draft: Final Edition
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.

Breaking down the draft needs of the AFC North
The big waves of free agency have long subsided and the big splashes atop the 2016 NFL Draft were made by the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles. Now the focus turns toward the rest of the draft on April 28-30 in Chicago, and the ripple effects therein. We take a look at each team in the AFC North to date, the notable moves they’ve made and whom they may select* in the first round of the draft.

Receiver roulette: Digging into top rookie WR options
The Bengals need a wide receiver to assist covering the losses of Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu. The top of this draft offers a unique array of different options. Depending on taste and preference, a receiver that fits the fancy of each team is available. No two are alike. Who are these guys? What makes them different? And most importantly, which best fit the Bengals' needs?

Complete seven-round Bengals mock draft
The full first-round mock drafts have come and gone. Now we take one final look at how the Bengals hope to come out of the three-day draft in totality. Projecting the specific prospects Marvin Lewis and company will select in the late rounds equates to throwing darts blindfolded with arms tied behind your back. It's hard. While the projected selections serve as snug fits and likely targets for the Bengals, this exercise offers a better look at the big picture of draft needs and how it could play out at Paul Brown Stadium. Once more, with feeling, the final Enquirer Mock Draft of the season. This time a seven-round smorgasbord.

Why Josh Doctson was Cincinnati Bengals' pick in NFL Nation mock
If you had an opportunity to watch Tuesday night's NFL Nation mock draft special on ESPN ... thank you. If you didn't, no worries. We've got the whole thing recapped here with video analysis of all 31 picks (remember, the New England Patriots don't have a first-round selection this year).

2016 Top Draft Prospects: WR
This gallery features some of the top WRs in this year's draft class.

Defining draft
It is hard to believe. But A.J. Green and Andy Dalton, the leading men in this five-year running Bengals miniseries short on drama and long on credits, do actually talk. Just ask their wives. "One time at one of the wives’ events some of the receivers were comparing Andy and A.J., saying their personalities were so similar," Jordan Dalton says.

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