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Bengals News (4/29): Jonah Williams journey from high school to NFL

Jonah Williams seems to have always had a reputation of a player who could one day be showing off on Sundays.

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Best and worst, winners and losers of Cincinnati Bengals draft

Coming up from the fifth to the fourth round to snag Jordan could pay off in a big way. We’ll see what Jordan develops into, but there’s plenty to like about his pedigree with the Buckeyes. He should be comfortable next to Billy Price and it’s a dedication to fixing this offensive line despite the allure to start looking elsewhere at that point. More than any other pick, it showed focus toward the most important offensive task at hand.

Hobson's Choice: And Other Draft Takes
I think everyone agrees with you on the state of the offensive line this week as opposed to Thursday at dinnertime. To me the interesting thing is where do these guys eventually line up? After Alabama left tackle Jonah Williams arrived with the 11th pick, head coach Zac Taylor said he was going to get the five best players on the field. Does that mean Williams moves into left guard? Or does left tackle Cordy Glenn move into left guard and Williams goes to left tackle? Do they keep the left side intact with Glenn and Clint Boling and put Williams at right guard? That’s a nice fit of veteran and youth. But we also know they like the power of the freshly signed John Miller at right guard. And where does massive, mauling fourth-rounder Michael Jordan fit? Right or left guard? And how close is he to playing?

Sample and Pratt Meet Again
Now we know why new Bengals tight end Drew Sample has those “unbelievable feet,’ that club radio analyst Dave Lapham has been raving about during his relentless video watch in this draft.

Bengals Officially Become Taylor's Team
It’s believed to be the first draft the Bengals ever made three separate trades and the first one they traded up twice. They came into the day trading up just four times in the previous 51 drafts, but many of director of player Duke Tobin’s principles were still on display to help Taylor draft a position paper for his first season with his fingerprint on his first roster.

2019 NFL draft grades - Mel Kiper on all 32 classes, best picks and steals
It's tough to know what to think about the Bengals in 2019. While longtime coach Marvin Lewis is gone and Zac Taylor is now in charge, Mike Brown still runs things. That means the team is going to build through the draft and not worry much about free agency. In fact, Cincinnati didn't make many notable moves, other than parting ways with Vontaze Burfict and re-signing its own guys. After a 6-10 finish last season, is this team better?

Cincinnati Bengals: 5 things to know about 2019 NFL Draft
With the emphasis shifting to the offense under new coach Zac Taylor, it’s not surprising they mainly added pieces to help Andy Dalton succeed. That begins with bolstering the running game, and that’s where the addition of tight end Drew Sample — a projected fourth-rounder who the Bengals took second at No. 52 – fits into the picture.

Grading each Bengals 2019 draft pick and an overall grade
The Skinny: The Bengals may have gotten outfoxed by the Pittsburgh Steelers for linebacker Devin Bush, but Williams was the top-rated tackle in the draft and it's hard to fault the pick. If he works out as projected he could anchor the offensive line for the next decade.

Folsom’s Jonah Williams drafted by Cincinnati Bengals
He’s the Sacramento State offensive line coach and former Folsom High School head coach, and just the mention of tackles, guards and centers makes the man beam. Last week, Richardson was talking shop with Hornets linemen when Jonah Williams came up, and that’s when the eyebrows raised.

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Kitchens: Duke's trade request 'doesn't matter to me'
Since the end of last season, Cleveland has dangled Johnson as trade bait. The Browns' acquisition of running back Kareem Hunt and wide receiver Odell Beckham made it seem like Johnson's days in the Dawg Pound were numbered.

Patriots, Rams partner for three draft-day trades
Los Angeles traded away both of those picks, including the No. 101 selection back to New England(!). The Rams did that to move up four spots to draft Oklahoma tackle Bobby Evans. The Patriots picked West Virginia tackle Yodny Cajuste at No. 101 and Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham at No. 133 with picks acquired in the trade.

Giants feared two teams wanted to draft Daniel Jones
Jones' pick was, fairly or unfairly, ridiculed in real time by national and local sports media members as a reach. Primed to be the successor to Eli Manning, the Duke quarterback is of the Eli mold -- close with Duke coach David Cutcliffe, associated with the Mannings, tall with a similar demeanor -- but was not considered by many scouts and draft experts to be the second-best QB in the draft or one at least worthy of the sixth overall pick.