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Bengals News (3/12): Getting defensive

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What Day 2 of the draft could look like if defense falls into the Bengals’ hands.

NFL Combine - Day 2

A full list of the Cincinnati Bengals selections for the 2020 NFL Draft.
The NFL released the full order of the 2020 draft, and the Bengals at the moment have seven choices in the selection meeting that will take place from April 23-25 in Las Vegas.

Former Bengals linebacker David Pollack and wide receiver Michael Westbrook were selected to the 2020 College Football Hall of Fame
The Bengals selected Pollack in the first round (17th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft and he played in 14 games his rookie season before suffering a career-ending injury in 2006. He finished his NFL career with 16 games played, 4.5 sacks, 29 tackles and one fumble recovery.

Why an extension for Joe Mixon is key to Bengals in 2020 and beyond
Mixon finished with 1,137 yards rushing, a remarkable feat given the sluggish start to the season (he had 254 yards rushing through the first seven games). He also positioned himself for a contract extension before the final year of his rookie deal in 2020.

Bengals 2020 mock draft: Cincinnati makes the obvious choice with No. 1 pick, goes heavy on defense on Day 2
Back in 2003, the Bengals choice was easy: They needed a quarterback, so they selected the reigning Heisman Trophy winner in Carson Palmer. This year, the Bengals are in an eerily similar situation. The team needs a franchise quarterback, and once again, the top prospect in the class is a reigning Heisman Trophy winner.

Cincinnati Bengals: Attacking Free Agency After the First Wave
This year is especially interesting for those who follow the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals, who haven’t been very active in the outside free-agent market in recent years, are suspected to be much more involved this off-season. However, just how much damage they decide to do in the open market is the question looming among the orange and black faithful.

Raiders’ Paul Guenther could look to add another Bengals LB in FA
If the Cincinnati Bengals want to get Nick Vigil back in free agency after the market opens, they may have to contend with former defensive coordinator Paul Guenther.

Former Bengals CB Johnathan Joseph is back in free agency
Joseph’s foray into free agency comes at an interesting time as there is speculation as to whether the Bengals will cut Dre Kirkpatrick and whether the team will even bother to re-sign Darqueze Dennard.

Around the League

Falcons coach: Deion Jones can be top middle LB
"In this game that we play today, it's all about matchups and athleticism, space and a lot of grass," Ulbrich, who also coaches linebackers, said. "He's custom made for that because he's got so much speed and athleticism."

Christian Kirksey's travels take him to visit Packers
The Packers enter the offseason targeting an upgrade at linebacker. General manager Brian Gutekunst has publicly stated it's a position he wants to shore up this offseason. Starting middle linebacker Blake Martinez is set to be a free agent and could be headed elsewhere.

Texans sign return man DeAndre Carter to extension
Carter, 26, has been with Houston since Nov. 2018, when the Texans claimed him off waivers from the Eagles. In two seasons with Houston, Carter has logged over 609 snaps, recorded 31 catches for 357 receiving yards and returned 38 punts and 23 kicks.

Patriots hiring ex-Browns exec Eliot Wolf as consultant
The son of former Packers GM Ron Wolf, Eliot spent two seasons with Cleveland. Upon the latest overhaul of the front office, the Browns and Wolf agreed to mutually part ways in January. At the time, Cleveland attempted to convince him to stay under new GM Andrew Berry, but in the end, Wolf decided to depart.