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Bengals News (4/25): First round targets and beyond

The Athletic put together their big board prior to the NFL Draft this Thursday.

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Bengals big board: Ranking the first round and universe of targets beyond - The Athletic
Among the top positional priorities they hope to come away with are cornerback, pass rusher and perhaps a right tackle. Openings then exist at nonpremium positions tight end and running back with deep classes awaiting for both.

Bengals favor Fighting Irish in two-round mock draft
With the 28th pick, the Bengals selected TE Michael Mayer from Notre Dame, which has been a very common choice in mocks. Mayer is a good blocker who could also use his size and physicality to be useful in the pass game as a receiver as well.

A.J. Green to announce Bengals’ second-round pick
Now the Bengals will honor one of the greatest members of their team ever by having him announce the team’s second-round pick during the 2023 NFL draft.

Who Will Cincinnati Bengals Pick? Sans Shares First and Only 2023 NFL Mock Draft
Many anonymous scouts, general managers, and other people within the league have been saying that this is a weaker draft class. That adds extra uncertainty to the draft and even in strong years it is nearly impossible to predict.

La'el Collins sees Jonah Williams back with Bengals despite trade request: 'We're going to be deep'
"Jonah's going to be fine. He's a hell of an NFL player. He's a first-round pick. He's done it," Collins told Geoff Hobson of the team's official website. "I've got all the confidence in the world in Jonah with the type of person he is. It's like every one of these guys in here. To me, man, all it is is we're going to be better and we're going to have depth and we're going to be deep and we're coming and we're not stopping."

Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Zac Taylor Confirms Cody Ford to Play Right Tackle For Bengals
"He'll come compete at right tackle," Taylor said about Ford. "So his first spot for us will be right tackle, but he's got the flexibility to play guard as well. So it's good to have linemen that can come in and compete at different positions for you."

Albert Breer On Bengals First-Round Strategy: 'Invested Enough' In Offensive Line 'To Look Elsewhere' - Sports Illustrated Cincinnati Bengals News, Analysis and More
"Offensive line isn’t out of the question by any means, but the Bengals have invested enough to look elsewhere with their first-round pick," Breer wrote. "Tight end is probably the team’s biggest need, and there’ll be options available there for the team through Friday, which could free them up to look at Alabama dynamo Jahmyr Gibbs as an intriguing add to a super-charged offense, or catch a corner (Banks?) if one slips a little. And one other thing to watch—Cincinnati has been sniffing around for a havoc-wreaking defensive tackle, and Pitt’s Calijah Kancey fits that bill."

Bengals G Alex Cappa says he’s ‘as healthy as I’ve ever been’
Still, it’s nice to hear a minor update on the guy who was probably the team’s best starting lineman last year. He’ll have some competition for that role with the arrival of Orlando Brown Jr. to play left tackle, but the good news is he’ll get to play right away in spring ball since the injury wasn’t worse.

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2023 NFL Draft: Four win-win trade scenarios in Round 1
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Buccaneers HC Todd Bowles on LB Devin White: 'We know we're not trading him'
"We got him onboard another year like (general manager) Jason Licht said," Bowles said at the Arians Family Foundation via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. "We discussed it. We know we're not trading him and we'll go from there. We know it's the offseason right now so nothing counts and we're expecting him to be there when the season starts."