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Bengals News (4/19): More depth in trenches

Another Bengals’ possible draft target looks impressive ahead of the draft.

2021 NFL Mock Draft: Patriots and Broncos trade up for their quarterbacks, Bengals reunite Burrow with Chase
The 2021 NFL Draft is less than two weeks away, and mock draft season has certainly ramped up. The first two picks appear to be locked in, but more questions surround the San Francisco 49ers at No. 3 overall. They paid a king's ransom to trade up into the top three, and while we know they will likely take a quarterback, who will it be? Original reports seemed to indicate Kyle Shanahan was interested in Mac Jones out of Alabama, but could that have changed?

Draft rumors pegging Ja’Marr Chase to the Bengals and what that means for the Lions
There is a growing consensus that the Cincinnati Bengals will take Chase at No. 5 overall. This would reunite Chase with his LSU quarterback, Joe Burrow. That combination set the SEC record for passing yards and touchdowns in a season in the Tigers’ national championship run in 2019.

Cincinnati Bengals' Potential Target Quinn Meinerz Impresses Ahead of NFL Draft
Quinn Meinerz suffered a broken hand during Senior Bowl week. He played through the injury and saw his draft stock rise because of it. The Wisconsin-Whitewater alum showed off his power, strength and athleticism in front of NFL scouts. He doubled down by testing like an elite athlete at his pro day.

Bengals land Penei Sewell and an LSU WR in new 4-round NFL mock draft
When it comes to the Cincinnati Bengals and mock drafts, the general idea seems to be the team should end up landing either Penei Sewell or an LSU wide receiver early in the process.

Trae Waynes says he’s 100 percent as Bengals seek big year from CB
It’s happening a year later than expected, but the Cincinnati Bengals should have big free-agent addition Trae Waynes on the field for the defense in 2021. Waynes says he’s 100 percent after suffering the season-ruining injury last year before camp, per Geoff Hobson of

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Broncos RB Melvin Gordon: 'I get overlooked a lot and I am kind of sick of it'
"It was probably one of my most difficult seasons. I am not going to lie," he told Renck. "Just 'cause a lot of fans and a lot of people weren't too happy with me coming in and Phil wanting to get paid and everything like that. I was like, 'Look man, I had no parts in that.' I wanted to be here, and they wanted me to be here. It was a mutual thing and it kind of just happened. It was tough, man, because I felt like a lot of people didn't accept me.

2021 NFL Draft: Ideal top two picks for every team
Some players could be ideal picks for several teams, but each prospect was only listed once to give a more realistic view on where they may be available. You will notice some top talents, including Clemson RB Travis Etienne, TCU S Trevon Moehrig and Georgia edge rusher Azeez Ojulari, are not included in this article. Their absence is a result of the nature of this exercise -- which doesn't include second-round picks for teams that have two first-rounders -- and NOT a statement on my draft projection for those players.

Justin Fields skepticism is baffling; top five unicorns in the 2021 NFL Draft
The most polarizing quarterback prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft class appears to be Justin Fields. The Ohio State standout has been a hot topic throughout the pre-draft process, but it feels like he's really been put through the ringer in recent weeks. And frankly, I find the growing skepticism completely baffling.

General Manager Power Rankings: NFL draft edition!
Drafting is hard. Ranking teams based on how they draft is easy. Instead of evaluating general managers this year based on the totality of their job, I thought it'd be fun to only focus on how they used their draft capital. It's a self-selecting group, because the names that would be at the bottom of this list ultimately lost their jobs. For the purposes of this column, I only went back to 2015 and I did not include the nine GMs who have run one draft or less.

Charley Casserly 2021 NFL mock draft 2.0: Washington trades up for QB Trey Lance
Almost two months after revealing my first mock of draft season, quarterbacks are still all the rage. I have five franchises taking signal-callers in Round 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft, including one team that trades up to nab its desired QB of the future.