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Bengals Bytes (4/7): Who the experts think Cincinnati will select in Round 1

A look at who the experts think the Bengals are leaning toward in the first round.

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Mock Draft Round-Up: With the 21st Pick...
A lot has changed since published its last mock Draft roundup. Back then the Bengals didn’t have OT Cordy Glenn, LB Preston Brown, or DT Chris Baker. In early March Tyler Eifert’s return status was also unknown. But now, all those players are on board for 2018, and the Bengals' draft pick has moved to the 21st overall selection. Who do the experts think Cincinnati will take now? If this mock draft roundup is any indicator, it will very likely be someone in the trenches.

Draft blueprint has 2006 copyright
The Bengals glance back a dozen years to the 2006 NFL Draft and can see their blueprint of the drafts to come. According to Elias, of the 23 players drafted that year still in the NFL last season, the Bengals selected nearly a quarter of them. Duke Tobin is trying to help them do it again.

Casserly: What the Bengals need to do this offseason
NFL Network's Charley Casserly takes a look at what might help the Cincinnati Bengals in 2018. By now, you know all about what the Bengals' biggest needs are, and Casserly seems to agree with the notion that they must get tougher in the trenches.

AFC North Bytes

With Lamar Jackson visiting the Browns next week, would they draft 2 QBs?
Jackson has been on the Browns' radar throughout the pre-draft process. Well, maybe not with their No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks, but if Jackson slipped to the bottom of the first round, the Browns have those two high picks in the second round that they could possibly use to move up to the late first.

Colin Kaepernick: Ravens to be questioned in grievance
The 30-year-old Kaepernick has not played since the 2016 season after protesting the national anthem throughout that season, citing racial inequality and police brutality. Kaepernick filed a grievance last October against NFL owners for collusion, claiming they schemed to keep him off the football field because of his protests not his football ability.

Steelers agree to terms with free agent Nat Berhe
The Steelers have added depth to their defensive backfield. They signed Nat Berhe. He's played with the Giants the past four years. Berhe played in 15 games last season and has suited up 38 times in his career. He's totaled 35 tackles in that time.

Ravens GM Newsome not feeling nostalgic before final draft
Perhaps Ozzie Newsome will be filled with emotion and just a bit of sadness in the weeks ahead as he prepares for his final NFL Draft. Recently, though, there have been a few misfires — most notably receiver Breshad Perriman at No. 26 in 2015, tight end Maxx Williams at No. 55 that same season and safety Matt Elam at No. 32 in 2013.

Random Bytes

Kevin Byard wears “Just a Fan” shirt in shot at Deion Sanders
Last month, NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders revealed he had no idea who Titans safety Kevin Byard is. Byard has not forgotten. Byard, who was a first-team All-Pro and tied for the league lead in interceptions last season, was miffed that Sanders didn't mention him when naming the best safety in the NFL.

Where top six in NFL draft stand: It’s all about QBs, Barkley, Chubb
The Browns will have their choice of QBs at No. 1, then see who's there at No. 4; the Colts at No. 6 hope teams in front gobble up other QBs. Not much has changed for the Browns with the top pick, nor will it change. The Browns will use this pick to take the quarterback they feel is the best fit, not for today but for two or three years down the road.

Commissioner will still call names on first night of the draft
As the draft continues to make major changes, one key aspect will stay the same: The assembled crowd will have the ability to boo the Commissioner, loudly. Per the league office, Roger Goodell will continue to stride to and from the podium, calling out the names of each of the players taken in the first round of the draft.

2018 NFL Mock Draft analysis: Trades will create early QB run
The Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Saints trade into the top 10 for a QB in the most recent mock drafts. Chase Goodbread offers eight takeaways from the latest projections for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Thomas Davis violates PED policy, will miss four games
Thomas Davis announced on Twitter he has violated the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy and will be suspended the first four games of the 2018 season. Davis, the 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year, has started 15 or more games for the Panthers every year since the 2013 season.