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Bengals Bytes (4/29): Two to go

The Bengals still have plenty of options in the second and third round at wide receiver. Meanwhile the first night of the draft had it's handful of surprises, but what can we expect from day two of the NFL Draft?

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A.J. Hawk reacts to being cut by Cincinnati Bengals
After declining comment when the Cincinnati Bengals released him on Tuesday, linebacker and A.J. Hawk said Thursday he was thankful for the time he spent with the organization. Hawk said he hopes to sign and play his 11th season this fall

Jackson Wills his way to Bengals
Houston cornerback Will Jackson figured he would be drafted in the first round by a team in the AFC North. But he thought it was going to be the Pittsburgh Steelers. "I definitely did," said Jackson. "I had dinner with them and we had great chemistry. They were telling me a lot of good things so I felt like they were coming. But I’m happy to be a Cincinnati Bengal.

Cincinnati Bengals take William Jackson III in 2016 NFL draft
Call it high drama. In the 15 minutes or so before the Cincinnati Bengals made their first-round pick Thursday night, there was all kinds of intrigue as a couple of former Bengals assistants ended up claiming receivers who might have been on Cincinnati's radar. In part because of that, the Bengals ended up selecting a cornerback -- Houston's William Jackson III, at No. 24 -- to help bolster their aging secondary.

Assessing Bengals' Day 2 WR choices
After the receiver board blew up in front of the Bengals thanks to a trio of former coordinators, attention now turns to new offensive coordinator Ken Zampese getting to fill his most glaring need. After A.J. Green, the Bengals have free agent Brandon LaFell in front of a host of young players. They hope to come away from this draft with more than one receiver, and pressure begins to mount on filling the spot.

William Jackson III NFL Draft 2016
Matt Miller and Chris Simms breakdown William Jackson III's fit with the Bengals. They also grade the selection.

Bengals re-set for rounds 2 and 3 with pundits' praise of 1
Even as Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin and his staff held a midnight re-setting of their board for Friday’s second and third rounds of the NFL Draft (7 p.m.-NFL Network), praise rolled in for the club’s selection of Houston quarterback Will Jackson III. gave it an A. So did Pete Prisco of CBS with "Love this pick. He was my top corner."  ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr., said it was one of the picks he liked and thought Jackson would have been a fit for the Steelers.

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After a 4-12 finish last season, the Dallas Cowboys' reward was taking Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth overall pick Thursday in the 2016 NFL Draft. Elliott will give the Cowboys the opportunity to recapture the formula that worked so well in 2014, when DeMarco Murray led the NFL with 1,845 rushing yards.

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