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Bengals Bytes (3/5): Bringing in a big haul

The Bengals have four picks inside the top 100, and they could use those to help fill needs along the offensive line.

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Despite disastrous combine, Orlando Brown’s Bengals connections run deep
For fans of the Cincinnati Bengals and otherwise, all one will hear about Oklahoma offensive tackle Orlando Brown right now is his miserable performance at the 2018 NFL scouting combine. And rightfully so — Brown didn’t look right from the beginning, weighing in at 345 pounds but only bench pressing 225 pounds 14 times. He also only ran a 5.85 40-yard dash and got yelled at by coaches during drills

Bengals miss on Kurt Coleman, who reportedly agrees to 3-year deal with Saints
The Cincinnati Bengals lost out on their first free agent target of 2018 early Saturday morning when safety Kurt Coleman agreed to a deal with the New Orleans Saints. Word broke Friday the Bengals met with Coleman at the NFL combine, and it was apparent he was a big focus for the team and new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.

Bengals should target scouting combine superstar Shaquem Griffin in 2018 NFL draft
Shaquem Griffin, a linebacker out of UCF, was the talk of the NFL Sunday at the 2018 NFL scouting combine. Griffin, initially projected to be a fifth or sixth-round draft pick, surprised everyone in Indianapolis. Now, his draft stock might even have him going in the third round — where a team like the Cincinnati Bengals should have an interest.

Cincinnati Bengals searching for big bodies in NFL Draft
The Cincinnati Bengals’ rebuilding process likely will begin along the offensive line, and personnel director Duke Tobin is encouraged by the depth of this year’s draft at those positions.

Bengals believe in Andy Dalton but are in market for a backup
Andy Dalton has had mediocre seasons the past two years. He was sacked 80 times combined and in 2017 completed only 59.9 percent of his passes, which is his lowest percentage since his rookie season. The Bengals have hired a new offensive line coach and new quarterbacks coach in an attempt to turn around the offense.

Big haul?
This just may be the draft the Bengals go big or go home. Maybe not right away at No. 12. But they have four picks in the first 100 and could/should/would end up with three offensive and defensive linemen in the first two days before heading into the fourth round on the last day on April 28.

TDBH: Palmer gets his man when he recruits WR Coles
Carson Palmer shows just how much power a franchise quarterback wields today when the Bengals match T.J. Houshmandzadeh’s departure in free agency with the signing of another 31-year-old reliable veteran wide receiver in the Jets’ Laveranues Cole. After making the pitch to head coach Marvin Lewis over the weekend, Palmer phones Coles and by Wednesday the Bengals are releasing a statement announcing a four-year contract with a rare quote from the signee. “The Bengals were very aggressive right from the start in talking to us and when a team makes you feel really wanted, that’s a factor you’re not going to ignore,” Coles says. “They said, 'Let's get this worked out,’ and we did.

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