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Bengals News (4/29): Draft Day Arrives

Draft Day is finally here!

NFL: APR 26 2019 NFL Draft Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

How to watch, listen and follow the 2021 NFL Draft. Coverage at Bengals.com
The 2021 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night and fans can enjoy Cincinnati Bengals coverage all weekend on Bengals.com, the Official Bengals App, and Bengals social media channels. And of course, follow along here for all the latest Bengals draft news and rumors!

Anthony Munoz, Means Cameron among special guests to announce Bengals draft picks
The NFL Draft provides an exciting opportunity for special guests to get involved by announcing selections from the Draft Theater in Cleveland, as well as remotely. All three days of the NFL Draft will be broadcast on NFL Network, ESPN and ABC, including two nights of primetime coverage on Thursday (8 p.m.) and Friday (7 p.m.).

Cincinnati Bengals declining Billy Price's 5th-year option, source says
Under terms of the 2020 collective bargaining agreement, the 2022 salaries for players selected in the first round of the 2018 draft become fully guaranteed at the time the options are exercised. In the past, the salary on the fifth-year options was guaranteed for injury only and didn't become fully guaranteed until the first day of the new league year.

Five Prospects the Cincinnati Bengals Could Target in the Third Round of the 2021 NFL Draft
In round three, there’s plenty of potential options that could be on the board for Cincinnati. Lucky for them, the edge, offensive line, and wide receiver classes are so good that they should be able to get a quality player at a position of need in the third round.

Are teams trying to trade in front of Bengals to steal Ja’Marr Chase?
Some new rumors make it seem like teams are trying to trade in front of the Cincinnati Bengals for Ja'Marr Chase in the 2021 NFL draft.

Cincinnati Bengals roster: OL Billy Price contract will expire after 2021
Price’s had an underwhelming time in his first three seasons as an interior lineman in Cincinnati. He started 10 games at center as a rookie. In 2019, he lost a training camp position battle at center to Trey Hopkins. He was then assigned to be the team’s utility interior lineman. The 6-foot-4 lineman eventually saw action at all three interior line positions for the Bengals. He played in all 16 games in each of the last two seasons, collecting nine starts. However, he only received one start at his natural center position.

Around the league

Daniel Jeremiah 2021 NFL mock draft 4.0: Broncos, Patriots trade up for QBs
I have been thinking Ja'Marr Chase would be the pick here for a while, with Cincinnati waiting to add offensive line help in the second round. However, it's starting to look like we could see a major run on offensive tackles late in the first round, which could force the Bengals to take Sewell at No. 5.

Broncos acquire QB Teddy Bridgewater from Panthers for sixth-round pick
The Denver Broncos are acquiring quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in a trade with the Carolina Panthers, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. Denver is sending a sixth-round pick (No. 191) to Carolina, per Pelissero. The teams later announced the swap.

2021 NFL Draft: Cleveland takes center stage at just the right time for Browns fans
Riding a wave of optimism that would follow the Browns into their ill-fated 2019 season, fans filled the lush, renovated Public Square in downtown Cleveland on a sunny May afternoon. Dignitaries from the city and its NFL franchise took the stage, expressing gratitude and excitement over Cleveland landing the event around which Browns fans had come to build their spring schedules since the team returned to the NFL in 1999.

2021 NFL Draft sleepers: Day 2 standouts, Day 3 hidden gems
Last week we broke down the can't miss prospects of the 2021 NFL Draft. Now we turn our attention to the sleepers of the class. By combining Daniel Jeremiah's top 150 prospects ranking and the results of the Next Gen Stats NFL Draft model, we've identified starter-caliber talent that will likely still be available after Round 1.