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Bengals News (4/23): Putting a bow on another virtual draft season

Cincinnati is finishing up their pre-draft work after another year of Zoom calls.

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Bengals scouts have made over 300 virtual calls to prospects ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft
As they put the final strands of hay in the barn for next weekend with more than 300 virtual phone calls to prospects, the Bengals are Zooming into the homestretch of the most challenging NFL Draft since the advent of the laptop in the early 1980s.

Bengals second round options at wide receiver in the NFL Draft
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