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Bengals News (3/1): Moving back

One mock shows how the Bengals could move back in the draft and still address one of their biggest needs.

Players from Historically black colleges and universities have played a prominent role in Bengals history
As Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders uses his Hall-of-Fame pedigree to put the spotlight on football at historically black colleges and universities, the Bengals just observed the 45th anniversary of head coach Paul Brown's last and best team that featured a bevy of stars from that tiny game that once towered over the NFL landscape.

Bengals Booth Podcast: Can’t Always Get What You Want
It's the "Can't Always Get What You Want" edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast as AJ Schulte, writer for Pro Football Network joins Dan Hoard to take an in-depth look at NFL free agency. Plus, a conversation with new Bengals running backs coach Justin Hill.

NFL free agency: Bengals may target recent Texans cap cut Nick Martin
Normally that might sound like a rather cheap thing to do, though this year’s reduced salary cap could mean teams get desperate and cut some really solid players while trying to make the money side of things work.

Cincinnati Bengals make bold trade in new 2021 NFL mock draft
Over at The Draft Network, Trevor Sikkema has the Bengals trading down out of the fifth pick, striking a deam deal with Carolina and taking Northwestern offensive tackle Rashawn Slater:

Cincinnati Bengals Trade Up, Address O-Line and Defense in Latest Mock Draft
"With Miami also rumored to be interested, you are playing with fire, waiting until fifth overall. Settling for a player like Samuel Cosmi, Rashawn Slater, or Christian Darrisaw would be a massive reach. Get your pro bowl left tackle for the next decade and protect quarterback Joe Burrow."

2021 NFL Draft: Early, mid, and late-round EDGE targets for the Bengals
How the Cincinnati Bengals approach the upcoming draft will largely be dictated by the moves they make in free agency. The club currently has multiple positions they will be keen to address. One of the most prominent issues will be their lack of depth at the edge rusher spot.

Around the league

Daniel Jeremiah's top 50: 2021 NFL Draft prospect rankings 2.0
With the Reese's Senior Bowl, a high-profile pro day and further tape study in the books, NFL Network draft guru and former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah updates his ranking of the top 50 draft-eligible prospects. The 2021 NFL Draft will take place in Cleveland from April 29-May 1.

Tua Tagovailoa sees greatness in former teammate Mac Jones: 'He's a more mobile Tom Brady'
Clemson's Trevor Lawrence sits atop the carousel as its crown jewel while Ohio State's Justin Fields, BYU's Zach Wilson and North Dakota State's Trey Lance race around underneath. Lost in the shuffle, though, is the quarterback who actually won the national title in 2020: Alabama's Mac Jones.

Irv Cross, Pro Bowl CB and pioneer sportscaster, passes away at 81
After five strong seasons, the 6-foot-2 cornerback was traded to the Rams. In Los Angeles, Cross continued to produce and would make his lone playoff appearance. He returned to Philadelphia for the 1969 campaign as a player/coach before retiring from the playing field and remaining on staff for another year.

Chargers QB Justin Herbert encouraged by coach's QB experience
The three-time Academic All-American leaned on his brainpower and natural curiosity to pick up the quarterback position essentially on the fly as a rookie, starting unexpectedly in Week 2 through the rest of the season and winning Offensive Rookie of the Year in the process. With a new coach now joining him with the Chargers, he'll again need to rely on his study habits to pick up another new offense in as many professional seasons.