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Duke Tobin and the Bengals are already making changes to their draft board after the Senior Bowl.

NFL Combine - Day 2

TDBH: Bengals turn to tiny Augustana to draft Anderson
The Bengals stun everyone but themselves today when they use their third-round draft pick on a small school quarterback that will turn out to be one of the biggest things in franchise history. The Bengals’ improbable 1970 AFC Central championship is barely a month old but head coach Paul Brown knows he’s done it without an established quarterback. And with 1969 AFL Rookie of the Year Greg Cook’s shoulder still a question mark after forcing him to sit out the entire season, the Bengals again turn to the draft. This time they take Ken Anderson of Illinois’ Augustana College in the third round with the 67th pick.

Board play
Even before they kick off Saturday’s Senior Bowl (2:30 p.m.-NFL Network), director of player personnel Duke Tobin and his staff have already re-tackled the Bengals’ draft board after jetting back from the game’s practices. It’s usually not a drastic exercise because prospects rarely hurt themselves in Bengaldom for showing up in Mobile, Ala. And the board is going to get plenty of makeovers between now and April. The early scuttlebutt (and it is too early) is that the Bengals’ best shot at getting their biggest need (wouldn’t you say left tackle?) is probably in rounds two and three instead of at No. 12 in the first round.

Andy Dalton would 'be a king' if the Buffalo Bills traded for QB, says Preston Brown
Preston Brown is set to hit free agency in March, but that is not stopping the linebacker from playing Buffalo Bills general manager. Brown recently spoke with Jeremy Rauch of Cincinnati's FOX 19 about a wide variety of subjects. Perhaps the most interesting comment made by Brown, a Cincinnati native, was that the Bengals should trade Andy Dalton to the Bills if they're not happy with the quarterback.

Marvin Lewis admits Cedric Ogbuehi’s struggles ‘held us back’
From the sounds of it, the Cincinnati Bengals won’t be picking up Cedric Ogbuehi’s fifth-year option this offseason. Ogbuehi, drafted with the 21st pick in 2015, hasn’t come close to matching expectations on the left edge of the line — before or after Andrew Whitworth’s departure.

Bengals long snapper breaks world record for longest snap
When it comes to athletes, it’s hard to think of anyone more anonymous than the long snapper. Calling it a thankless job would be an understatement because that would imply that people know it’s possible to thank a long snapper. They are the robots of football, viewing the world in an upside down lens before being immediately attacked by an oncoming lineman.

AFC North Bytes

The Ravens’ blueprint extends past personnel
Earlier this week, Baltimore Beatdown’s own Logan Levy wrote a piece about the Philadelphia Eagles being a blueprint of success for the Baltimore Ravens. Levy’s points were primarily geared towards how the Ravens could rebuild their receiving corps the same way that the Eagles did this past offseason. While in theory that does sound nice, but another part of the Eagles’ turnaround should be attributed to coaching and player evaluation.

Browns' John Dorsey defends Baker Mayfield's character, but others at the Senior Bowl still see Johnny Manziel
Browns GM John Dorsey thinks Baker Mayfield gets a bad rap on the character front, but other NFL personnel executives at the Senior Bowl still see too much Johnny Manziel in him. "Are there character concerns about him?'' Dorsey asked and another local media outlet during Thursday's final practice session. "You guys create a narrative that you try to portray him as one.''

Random Bytes

Rob Gronkowski Returns to Practice Ahead of Super Bowl Despite Concussion
After leaving New England's 24-20 AFC Championship Game victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Gronkowski sat out practice each of the past three days. He was injured on a hard hit to the head from Jaguars safety Barry Church, who was fined $24,309 by the NFL as a result.

Patriots LB James Harrison isn't ready to hang them up just yet
Harrison, 39, has shown that he's still productive since being signed by the Patriots on Dec. 26. He has played 89 defensive snaps in three games, totaled 11 tackles and delivered consistent pressure off the edge in passing situations. No surprise, but Harrison said he didn't need that type of performance to prove to himself he could still play at a high level after being used sparingly in Pittsburgh this season. He said his belief in himself never wavered.

Patriots Rumors: Colts 'Intend' to Hire Josh McDaniels as Head Coach
The Indianapolis Colts reportedly plan to hire New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as their new head coach following Super Bowl LII next Sunday. Adam Schefter of ESPN provided the update Sunday after the Colts met with the Pats assistant Friday.