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Bengals News (4/27): Perfect smokescreen

The Bengals have national analysts and insiders split on who they will take in the first round.

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Bengals coach Zac Taylor looks to add a top tier player in the 2021 NFL Draft
Even before they draft a franchise mover and shaker in Thursday night's first round (pick one of LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase, Florida tight end Kyle Pitts, Oregon left tackle Penei Sewell), Bengals head coach Zac Taylor and his staff have already re-shaped the roster in their image.

Mock Draft Round Up: Who Will The Cincinnati Bengals take at No. 5 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft?
The 2021 NFL Draft begins Thursday with the first round (8 p.m. ET), followed by Rounds 2-3 on Friday, April 30 (7 p.m. ET) and finishing with Rounds 4-7 on Saturday, May 1 (noon ET). Tune in to NFL Network, ABC, ESPN and ESPN Deportes for live coverage on each day.

Bengals Booth Podcast: Dave Lapham and Dan Hoard preview the 2021 NFL Draft
It's the "Right Here Waiting" edition of the Bengals Booth Podcast as Dave Lapham joins Dan Hoard for what is annually the most downloaded episode as they discuss what the Bengals will do in the draft.

Bengals expect to draft "premier player" who is immediate starter, impact player
“Anybody we take with that fifth pick, the expectation is he’s going to come in and help us win immediately and play a big role. That’s the expectation,” Duke Tobin, the director of player personnel, said, via Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “We’ll have a vision for that guy. It won’t be a long development process for the guy we take there. His expectation will be to come in, be a starter and be a producer for us.”

Zac Taylor: Joe Burrow-Ja'Marr Chase connection 'one of the many things' considered
The Cincinnati Bengals are poised to select an impact player at No. 5 who should immediately upgrade their offense. Whether it is offensive tackle Penei Sewell or receiver Ja'Marr Chase is the most significant topic of discussion in Cincy leading up to Thursday's draft in Cleveland.

NFL draft: Prospects Bengals could trade back into Round 1 to select
Essentially, the Bengals have a borderline first-round pick with that fifth pick of the second round. Last year, Tee Higgins fell out of the first and they had him graded as a first-rounder.

National Analyst Hearing Mixed Messages About Cincinnati Bengals' Fifth Pick in 2021 NFL Draft
Will it be Oregon offensive lineman Penei Sewell or LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase? ESPN's Todd McShay heard Sewell was the favorite to be the pick and wrote as much on Monday morning, but that changed during his appearance on the Ryen Russillo podcast.

The Cincinnati Bengals can't miss with the No. 5 pick in the NFL Draft, right?
Given that the league’s very structure is set up to promote a certain level of parity and to assist teams that habitually struggle, it goes without saying that some fairly serious episodes of poor decision-making have contributed to the Bengals’ generational tale of woe.

NFL draft: Peter King’s final mock draft admits Bengals could surprise
Peter King, like many others, has been adamant that the Cincinnati Bengals need to take an offensive tackle such as Penei Sewell at No. 5 in the 2021 NFL draft.

Two 7-Round Mock Drafts With Similar Visions For the Cincinnati Bengals
CINCINNATI — James Rapien and Jake Liscow conduct a "what they will do" seven-round mock draft with the NFL Draft just three days away. Their visions are similar, but the players are different in a special edition of the Locked on Bengals podcast.

Around the league

Bucky Brooks 2021 NFL mock draft 3.0: 49ers pick Trey Lance; Najee Harris to Cardinals
Upgrading the offensive line is a top priority, with Joe Burrow looking like a potential star in the making.

2021 NFL Draft Buzz: Tuesday's news and notes
The top three RBs heading into Thursday night's opening round in Cleveland are Alabama's Najee Harris, Clemson's Travis Etienne and North Carolina's Javonte Williams. How each stacks on teams' draft boards depends on preference.

2021 NFL Draft: Six potential surprise first-rounders
Many teams have just 14 to 17 players rated as legitimate first-rounders, down from around 18 to 22 in a normal draft year. Consequently, for teams picking in the back half of Thursday night's first round, odds are they're choosing between second-round talents on many boards, or prospects who are sliding for a reason.

Virginia Tech CB prospect Caleb Farley's stock one of biggest questions in 2021 NFL Draft
But Farley has been dealing with a back injury for more than two years, leading to two surgeries since he played his last game in 2019 and leaving his draft stock as one of the biggest question marks among teams as he heads to the green room in Cleveland for the 2021 NFL Draft.