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Bengals Bytes (5/5): Looking back

You can't tell how good a draft is until a few years later, so take a look at the regrading for those drafts. Johnny Manziel turns himself in, and the new Cleveland quarterback surprises children.

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Strong side
Word is Andrew Billings is going to wear No. 75 for the Bengals, which is just about right, isn’t it? Before the Bengals took the Waco Weigh Station in the fourth round Saturday, he had already heard about two of their defensive tackles. Friday night’s discussion in Texas about Pro Bowler Geno Atkins had helped ease his concerns about slipping to the fourth round and he was aware how well former Bengal Devon Still wore the number during his daughter’s heroic conquest of cancer.

Bengals' Adam Jones graded William Jackson III draft's best CB
Jalen Ramsey impressed Adam Jones two weeks ago when Jones, the veteran Cincinnati Bengals cornerback, pulled up his college game tape ahead of the NFL draft. By comparison though, William Jackson III's game tape was so scintillating to Jones that he would practically jump up every time he saw the Houston Cougars cornerback bat away a pass. Once he saw the frequency with which Jackson was around the football, Jones became convinced of this: Jackson was the best cornerback in this NFL draft class.

Grading Bengals' 2013 draft
Everyone wants to grade the draft. This team failed. That team receives an A. Everyone feels good about themselves. It grabs clicks and offers base-less assessments of what happened this past weekend. Well, let’s not forget those words of wisdom among the tornado of draft grades spinning the NFL Internet to rubble.  One of the mantras constantly heard from front offices in the days after the draft is you can’t grade it immediately after Mr. Irrelevant. Any true grade of the draft can’t be judged until at least three years down the road.

Re-grading Bengals draft classes since 2009
Grades were handed out for this year's Bengals draft from numerous outlets, including by me on, but those are only snap judgments of a player's potential at the time of the selection and the value of the pick. The accurate grades come when looking back a few years to see how those players panned out.

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Johnny Manziel Turns Himself in on Domestic Violence Charge: Details, Mugshot
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Adrian Peterson of Minnesota Vikings donating more than $100K to flood-relief efforts in hometown of Palestine, Texas
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Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III surprises high school team
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