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Bengals News (4/2): Cincinnati receives praise for their 2016 draft

They always say you can never judge a draft class until it has been a few seasons, and the Bengals’ 2016 draft class looks pretty good right now.

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Change Races Through Taylor-Made PBS Renovations
The plan has already been in motion for two months, ever since the Bengals signed Taylor the day after Super Bowl. That was a month before they spent in free agency when the club committed about $1 million to Taylor’s vision of a renovated Paul Brown Stadium workplace he wants to reflect his culture. When the players show up on the ninth, the walls plan to tell them before Taylor does that a new era is under way.

Regrading the 2016 NFL Draft: Bengals earn high marks
They had seven picks and the first four are all starters and all seven are still on the roster. That's a good draft. First-round corner William Jackson is a rising star, while second-round receiver Tyler Boyd has developed into a nice second receiver. Third-round linebacker Nick Vigil and fourth-round defensive tackle Andrew Billings are good, solid starters.

Jets host former Bengals OT Andre Smith for visit
The Jets continued their search for offensive line depth on Monday, hosting former Cincinnati Bengals OT Andre Smith on Monday for a visit according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Bengals’ magic number in 2019 is 30
They draft 11th. Zac Taylor is the first new head coach in 16 years. One is the number of remaining years left on the contracts of guys like A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd.

Cincinnati Bengals Walkthru: The history of the No. 11 pick in NFL Draft

Assuming the Cincinnati Bengals stand pat with their first-round pick at No. 11, the team needs to acquire a game-changing talent. Of course, they do. We all know this. The team doesn’t have enough blue-chip players to contend for a championship. The Zac Taylor Era really starts with this player.

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Browns trade DE Ogbah to Chiefs for Eric Murray
With Ogbah, the Chiefs land an experienced player for a retooled defensive front as the team transitions from a 3-4 base defense to a 4-3 front under new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. In three seasons with the Browns, Ogbah started 40 games and totaled 122 tackles, 12.5 sacks and 29 quarterback hits.

Seahawks GM: We're being 'selective' in free agency
This year has been quiet. Outside of adding guard Mike Iupati and kicker Jason Myers, Schneider has mostly stuck to re-signing his own guys, like K.J. Wright, D.J. Fluker, etc., and franchise tagging Frank Clark, while watching others walk away in free agency.

Browns' Kitchens not worried about high expectations
The additions of Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Sheldon Richardson, Kareem Hunt and others, along with the maturation of quarterback Baker Mayfield and pass rusher Myles Garrett, have the expectations soaring in Cleveland. With turmoil and overhauls happening elsewhere in the division, the Browns currently sit as the offseason favorites in the AFC North, something unfathomable 12 months ago.

Steelers release S Morgan Burnett after one season
Burnett signed a three-year, $14.35 million contract with the Steelers in 2018. Cutting the veteran saves Pittsburgh $3.63 million on the salary cap with a dead-money hit of $2.833 million.

Report: Gerald McCoy misses first voluntary workout
The 31-year-old defensive tackle did not report to the first day of the Bucs' workouts on Monday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.