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Could the Bengals stick to their board and add one of the top players in the draft outside of their needs? Are the Browns sold on Deshaun Watson? Could Marshawn Lynch make a return to the NFL?

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Mock 9 features sound prospects

When the dust clears in free agency and the draft boards have been re-calibrated in the wake of the scouting combine and the first wave of the pro days, it’s always time for the latest version of the Bengals.com Media Mock Draft. The one difference from the first Bengals’ Media Mocker back in February is the emergence of the 9-20 theory. As in, it’s looking more and more like you can get the same kind of player at No. 20 that you can get at No. 9.

Enquirer mock draft: Bengals look for defense

With the primary waves of free agency concluded, a clearer picture of the NFL Draft comes into focus. For the Bengals, the draft doesn’t line up in the first round with their need at offensive line and they can only hope teams will jump forward to reach for quarterbacks so the group of top defensive prospects slide into their lap. Here’s my latest mock draft as it stands now for Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Bengals 'Faithful' Deserve More Loyalty

After an uninspiring first week of free agency, there is an overwhelming need for the Bengals to make a move in the right direction. Fans and players have waited patiently for this organization to turn the corner. Unfortunately, this offseason is leaving everyone with more questions than answers.

AFC North Bytes

Baltimore Ravens front office striking while the iron is hot

It’s clear the Ravens are after the Lombardi Trophy for the upcoming 2017-2018 season. Ozzie and Eric both know the teams window is wide open; they’re seizing the opportunity. One of Baltimore’s divisional opponents, the Cincinnati Bengals, suffered multiple losses during the free agency frenzy.

The Browns wouldn't be alone if they're not sold on Deshaun Watson -- Bud Shaw's Spinoffs

What to make, if anything, of Sashi Brown and Hue Jackson missing Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson's Pro Day? A league source told cleveland.com the Browns plan on bringing Watson in for a private workout. Also, that the Browns were conducting a private workout with another quarterback that conflicted with the Clemson Pro Day.

Slow-Moving RB Market Should Pique Steelers' Interest

To be clear, it’s the market, not the running backs, who are slow. At least hypothetically. The Pittsburgh Steelers have over the course of the offseason taken the following actions in addressing their running back position, in order: 1) signed Fitzgerald Toussaint to an exclusive rights tender; 2) applied the franchise tag on Le’Veon Bell; 3) allowed DeAngelo Williams to hit free agency; 4) released Karlos Williams.

Random Bytes

Jason Pierre-Paul Agrees to 4-Year Contract with Giants

The New York Giants and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul agreed on a new contract Friday. Pierre-Paul announced the deal

49ers add Dekoda Watson

The 2017 49ers may not be much better than they were in 2016, but they’ll definitely be different. The team has added yet another free agent, announcing on Friday night a three-year deal with veteran linebacker Dekoda Watson.

Raiders Reportedly Interested in Acquiring Marshawn Lynch from Seahawks

The Oakland Raiders are looking for a proven running back, and that could include former Seattle Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the team is "strongly considering" a move for Lynch. Although he retired after the 2015 season, it would still require a trade with Seattle or a release to complete the deal.

Clarence Hill: Ezekiel Elliot has been told he’s in the clear for 2016 incident

Much of the criticism directed to Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot for his recent homage to Justin Timberlake flows from the fact that Elliott remains under investigation by the league for violating the Personal Conduct Policy in connection with an incdent that occurred last July. Appearing on Friday’s PFT Live, Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram applied an asterisk to that concern.