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Expect the Bengals to use all 11 of their picks come draft day. Teams already want the Ravens’ first round pick. Marshawn Lynch has reportedly told the Raiders he wants to play for them.

NCAA Football: Washington at California Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Draft Gallery: 2001

Throwback gallery of the Bengals 2001 Draft Class.

Big draft class won't deter Bengals from keeping all 11 picks

The Cincinnati Bengals have 11 picks in the 2017 draft, one of their largest classes in some time. For many teams, having that many picks would suggest wiggle room to take developmental players with no guarantees they'll make the final roster. Not the Bengals.

Bengals 2017 NFL Draft Reset: Offensive line loses key pieces but needs to improve

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis stopped short of calling it a rebuild, but his team’s roster went through significant turnover this offseason with the departures of several key veterans. The biggest name to leave was veteran tackle Andrew Whitworth, who made 164 starts during his 11 seasons. Whitworth signed a free-agent deal with the Rams, a move that caught some by surprise.

Derek Barnett draws interest from several teams

Tennessee pass rusher Derek Barnett, regarded by many as one of the top players in the draft at his position, has been spending plenty of times showing teams what he can do.

AFC North Bytes

McShay, Kiper make four picks for Browns in Round Two

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay released a dueling mock NFL Draft Wednesday. The two were in agreement on Myles Garrett with the No. 1 overall selection. However, they were in disagreement with the No. 12 overall choice.

Alejandro Villanueva calls Steelers' organization 'special'

Alejandro Villanueva understands that football is a business. That being said, he realizes that he's in a special place in Pittsburgh with the Steelers, an organization that treats its players like members of their family. Villanueva, who served three tours of duty in Afghanistan as part of the United States military prior to coming to Pittsburgh in 2015, recently praised the Steelers' organization in an interview with

Teams Have Already Called Ravens About Trading For No. 16 Pick

Don’t be surprised if the Ravens move around the board again in this year’s draft. General Manager Ozzie Newsome said he’s already received calls from teams that want to move to the No. 16 spot in the draft, and Baltimore will also consider the possibility of trading up itself in the first round.

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How Tony Romo got lead NFL game analyst role at CBS

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Which team would be best on Hard Knocks in 2017?

The "Around the NFL" podcast crew discusses which team they would like to see on Hard Knocks in 2017.

Marshawn Lynch Reportedly Tells Raiders He Plans to Come out of Retirement

With swirling rumors about a potential NFL return, running back Marshawn Lynch is at the Oakland Raiders' facilities on Wednesday. Pat McAfee of Barstool Sports first reported the news. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirmed it, adding the facilities are near Lynch's home in Oakland, California.

Montee Ball Opens Up About Alcoholism, NFL, College Football Career

Running back Montee Ball played two seasons for the Denver Broncos and was a two-time consensus All-American at Wisconsin, and he recently opened up about his football career and his struggles with alcohol. In a piece released Wednesday by Alex Marvez of Sporting News, Ball revealed he started drinking heavily and partying as a junior with the Badgers in 2011.