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Bengals News (4/26): Early steal

The Bengals will have to hope to repeat some of the success they had from the 2020 NFL draft.

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Behind-the-scenes look at the Cincinnati Bengals drafting Cris Collinsworth 40 years later
Or does that mean he knows that in that first round everyone is going to miss out on one of the toughest and most productive wide receivers in the 1980s NFL? A guy that would leave eight years later as the franchise's all-time leading receiver with a game of guts and guile that Brown would call great?

Bengals met with QB prospect ahead of 2021 NFL draft
Ramsey is actually a pretty interesting late-round target for the Bengals. After three years at Indiana, he joined Northwestern and last season led the team to the Big Ten title game. He didn’t put up eye-boggling stats in the process, but he’s a solid backup-type player who might carve out a long career for himself.

Seven-round Bengals mock draft: Paul Dehner Jr. makes his final projection
But after months of talk and learning from league insiders and a 10-part deep dive into each positional strategy, I’ve come up with the final seven-round mock draft for what I think the Bengals will do this weekend.

Cincinnati Bengals players team could trade during 2021 NFL draft
Think, names like Bobby Hart and Giovani Bernard (for very different reasons, of course). But the Bengals could still look to trade some notables during the draft itself, either to move around in the order or simply for more draft picks.

Could Atlanta Falcons Trade Julio Jones and Take Wide Receiver Ja'Marr Chase at No. 4?
The Atlanta Falcons have a big decision to make with the fourth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Do they take a quarterback of the future or is Florida tight end Kyle Pitts too good to pass up?

Bengals should have dream scenario with fifth pick
Picking fifth the Bengals are in a position to draft what Cincinnati director of player personnel Duke Tobin calls a premier player. Quarterbacks are expected to be selected with the first three picks in the 2021 NFL Draft. If that happens, the Bengals will have a chance to draft an elite player in 2021.

Bengals WR Tee Higgins 2020 NFL Draft steal
Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins was the seventh wide receiver selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. Higgins far outperformed that selection during his rookie season. Higgins was third in receptions and receiving yards and fourth in touchdown receptions among 2020 rookie WRs. Higgins is a centerpiece of the Bengals’ offense.

Former Bengals D-lineman Devon Still on the NFL draft process, what Cincy should do at No. 5 and more
Devon Still has been a busy man since his days as an NFL defensive lineman ended, a journey that Still had been fighting to continue while also fighting for his daughter's life. Leah Still was 4 years old when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma and was given a 50 percent chance of survival.

Should Cincinnati Bengals go OT or WR at No. 5? Cynthia Frelund projects Cincinnati Benal's pick
NFL Network's Cynthia Frelund projects who she believes the Cincinnati Bengals will select with the No. 5 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Around the league

Julio Jones trade? Falcons receiving calls on star WR
Any trade for Jones would not be executed before June 1 due to salary cap reasons -- after June 1, the Falcons could split up Jones' massive cap hit between 2021 and 2022. Atlanta could set up an agreement with a trade partner for future compensation and make the move official in June.

49ers shift focus to Alabama QB Mac Jones, NDSU QB Trey Lance with No. 3 pick
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the belief is San Francisco has appeared to narrow its focus on selecting either Alabama QB Mac Jones or North Dakota State QB Trey Lance, according to several sources.

Shad Khan: No. 1 pick will 'define' Jaguars 'for the rest of my life'
"If you know anything about football, if you know anything about the Jaguars, yeah," Khan told Breer with a laugh. "But this is a decision that ... it's gonna define us, certainly for the rest of my life. And everything I read and hear from people who know a lot more about football than I do, for them, it's like stating the obvious."

Vikings CB Patrick Peterson switches from No. 21 to No. 7
Days after the NFL approved the proposal on changes to jersey numbers, Patrick Peterson has decided to don his old number from his days as a collegiate star. According to the Vikings' official website, Peterson announced Sunday on his "All Things Covered" podcast that he will wear No. 7, the same number he wore during his days at LSU.