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Cincy Jungle Apr 28, 2016

NFL Mock Draft 2016: Todd McShay and Mike Mayock final Round 1 simulations

Will Ole Miss' #1 be wearing a Bengals #1 jersey soon? The 2016 NFL draft is upon us. Players from all sorts of backgrounds and upbringings will soon hear their names called during the draft as their NFL dreams turn into reality. While the draft is often surrounded by wild speculation, debates on which prospect is better and mock simulation after mock simulation, the real reason the draft is so special is the journey all of these players have taken to get to this point. Making it to the NFL is one of the hardest things for any athlete to accomplish. Seeing what many of us have dreamed of...
Cincy Jungle Apr 27, 2016

2016 NFL Draft Profile: Alabama center Ryan Kelly

Drafting a high-end center could be a smart move for the Bengals. Alabama's Ryan Kelly has all of the qualities to work out as a huge upgrade for the position. For all of the important positions that the Bengals need to worry about in the draft, one position that is getting much less buzz than it probably should is center. As of right now, the position is occupied by 2014 fourth round pick Russell Bodine and 2013 seventh round pick, T.J. Johnson. The team seems to be fairly comfortable with this setup, but it would probably be a good idea to upgrade if the right player is available. Ryan...
Cincy Jungle Apr 27, 2016

Dave Lapham predicts Bengals will select Will Fuller with 24th overall pick

One former Bengals player and current radio analyst has correctly predicted the team's past four draft selections. Tomorrow night, the Cincinnati Bengals will be on the clock with the 24th overall pick. Who will they select? Your best bet would be to ask former Bengals offensive lineman and current radio analyst Dave Lapham, who has correctly predicted the Bengals' past four draft selections: Kevin Zeitler in 2012, Tyler Eifert in 2013, Darqueze Dennard in 2014 and Cedric Ogbuehi in 2015. Here's Lapham's prediction, per the Bengals Booth podcast: "I'm going to say wide receiver, [Will]...
Cincy Jungle Apr 27, 2016

NFL Draft 2016: Mel Kiper's final rankings and how Bengals targets fare

Among Mel Kiper's top 20 players are guys who've been commonly mocked to the Bengals this offseason. The finish line is in sight as the NFL draft is almost here. To help get through the next 24 hours, Mel Kiper put out his final rankings of the top 300 prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft. As you can imagine, many of the guys he ranked high have been touted as possible Bengals targets. The highest of which is TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson, who came in at 11th overall. Of his top-50 prospects, we've seen Doctson, Baylor's Corey Coleman and Ole Miss' LaQuon Treadwell commonly mocked to the...
Cincy Jungle Apr 27, 2016

NFL Draft 2016: Start Time, TV Info, Live Online Stream, Round 1 Order, More

We're about to see many lifelong dreams realized as players from across the nation hear their names called during the NFL Draft. Here's everything you need to know to watch the Draft unfold. The 2016 NFL Draft is upon us. No more mock drafts, debating prospects or reporting every little rumor teams put out to muddy the waters ahead of Draft Day. We'll soon be seeing teams making their draft picks and forever changing the lives of the players fortunate enough to be drafted into the best sports league on earth. That's what makes the draft so special every year: The journey these players go on...
Cincy Jungle Apr 27, 2016

Bengals Draft Trends: Large divide between starting and backup quarterbacks

When it comes to drafting quarterbacks, the Bengals have a clear mindset whether drafting a prospect to be a starter, or a backup. It shows by where they are drafted. Going back almost a quarter century, to the 1992 NFL Draft, the Bengals have shown a clear distinction in their thinking regarding quarterbacks. Either you are drafted early with the clear intention of becoming the team’s future starter, or you are drafted very late, with the hope of being nothing more than a deep backup with little expectation to do more than hold the clipboard. There are zero shades of gray between the two...
Cincy Jungle Apr 27, 2016

2016 NFL Draft Profile: Stanford offensive lineman Kyle Murphy

Stanford has prided themselves on having a physical offense in recent years, and their offensive line has been key to their success. The big and versatile Kyle Murphy was a key player on Stanford's offense since 2012. Effective offensive linemen in the NFL are always a hot commodity. While guard and center have lower value with teams than tackle, there is little doubt that all positions are the pistons that drive an offensive engine. The Cincinnati Bengals have built one of the better offensive lines in the league of late, blending a bit of athleticism with a ton of nastiness and strength,...
Daily Norseman Apr 27, 2016

Report: Bengals Attempting To Jump Vikings For Josh Doctson

If you've been following our Mock Draft Database so far this offseason. . .and, if you haven't been, you can check it out here. . .you know that Texas Christian wide receiver Josh Doctson has been the most popular name linked with the Minnesota Vikings leading up to draft night. Apparently, the team that selects right behind the Vikings is enamored with him as well, and are apparently doing what they can to leapfrog the Vikings to be able to take him instead. According to our friends over at Cincy Jungle, the Cincinnati Bengals are big fans of Doctson, and are attempting to get ahead of...
Cincy Jungle Apr 27, 2016

Bengals 2016 NFL Draft needs: Roundup of what experts are saying

With draft week finally here, it's time for a look at what the national experts are saying about the Bengals' needs are heading into the 2016 NFL Draft. Ever since Marvin Lewis arrived in Cincinnati, he's slowly and methodically built up a 53-man roster that's annually one of the best in football. That's especially true of the Bengals since 2009 as they've won three division titles, had five double-digit winning seasons and six playoff berths. While there have been some big stars like Geno Atkins, A.J. Green and Andrew Whitworth, it's those other 40-50 guys who you don't hear as much about...
Cincy Jungle Apr 27, 2016

NFL Trade Rumors: Bengals trying to move up in NFL Draft for Josh Doctson?

Is Josh Doctson or any receiver in this draft worth trading up in the eyes of the Bengals? If the Bengals want to get the best wide receiver in this draft, they'll likely need to move up to secure his services. Is Josh Doctson the best receiver in this draft? If he is, teams like the Bengals will certainly be looking to trade up to pick him. He's probably not falling all the way down to the 24th pick, but moving up to get him may be an option NFL.com's Gil Brandt is reporting that Cincinnati may look to do just that and get the TCU product: .@Gil_Brandt said on @SiriusXMNFL that...
Cincy Jungle Apr 27, 2016

2016 NFL Draft: Stats and fun facts

The 2016 NFL Draft will kick off this Thursday night here are some fun facts to keep in mind! The 2016 NFL Draft is finally upon us. On Thursday night, the Los Angeles Rams will kick the Draft and make the first overall selection. Next, the Eagles will make the second pick. The Chargers are scheduled to be the third team on the clock, but from there, anything's possible. During the first round, each team will have 10 minutes to make their selections. In the second and third rounds they'll have seven minutes. In the fourth round, teams will have five minutes to make their selections, and...
Cincy Jungle Apr 26, 2016

QUIZ: Name every Bengals compensatory draft selection

The Bengals have selected 23 compensatory draft picks in their history. How many can you name? In the spirit of preparing for the NFL draft, we bring you a quiz to test your knowledge of Bengals' draft trivia. This quiz seeks to name each of the Bengals 23 compensatory draft picks the team has made in their history. Beginning with the 1994 NFL Draft, the NFL has been doling out 32 compensatory draft picks each year to compensate teams for the loss of qualifying unrestricted free agents who were lost during the free agency period. In their history, the Bengals have received 23 such picks,...
Cincy Jungle Apr 26, 2016

2016 NFL Draft Profile: Ka’imi Fairbairn, kicker, UCLA

Fairbairn won the prestigious Lou Groza award as the top kicker in college football during the 2015 season. Should the Bengals consider him as a replacement for Mike Nugent? Ka’imi Fairbairn Ht: 5’11" Wt: 183 lbs Class: Senior NFL comparisons: Blair Walsh (NFL) College Stats: FGM FGA FG% FGM 0 ~ 40 FGA 0 ~ 40 FG% 0 ~ 40 FGM 40+ FGA 40+ FG%...
Cincy Jungle Apr 26, 2016

Bengals believe Cedric Ogbuehi is ready for big impact in year two

The Bengals surprised many people last year by going with offensive tackle with their first two picks in the NFL Draft. With a vacant starting right tackle spot for 2016, last year's first round pick, Cedric Ogbuehi, is primed to make a big impact this season. Since 2011, the Cincinnati Bengals have approached the NFL Draft with a focus on selecting players who the team can groom for the future and continue to have their cabinets filled. The most recent instance came last year when the team took offensive tackles in the first two rounds of the draft, highlighted by first rounder, Cedric...
Cincy Jungle Apr 26, 2016

Marvin Lewis open to possibility of Bengals trading back in 2016 NFL Draft

We've hinted at this earlier in the offseason, and it now seems like a decent possibility. Earlier this offseason, I examined the Bengals' Draft history and concluded that there would be a good chance that the Bengals will trade back in this year's Draft. Marvin Lewis seemed to agree with that notion in his press conference on Tuesday. The Bengals' Draft strategy has always been to pick players that fit in their schemes, whether on offense, defense or special teams. And because they're not the type of team that swings for the flashiest picks in the Draft, but rather the type of team that...
Cincy Jungle Apr 26, 2016

QUIZ: Name the Bengals' second round draft picks

Can you name every second round Cincinnati Bengals draft pick since 1994? Good luck! In the spirit of preparing for the NFL draft, we bring you a quiz to test your knowledge of Bengals draft trivia. This quiz is rather straightforward - name each of the Bengals' second round picks since 1994. This is a more challenging version of the previously published quiz, naming the Bengals first round picks from the same time period. Hopefully you remember some of the more recent second round picks of the Cincinnati Bengals, and more importantly, hopefully you remember how to spell their names. But...
Acme Packing Company Apr 26, 2016

Former Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk released by Bengals

The long-time Green Bay Packer was cut loose by his hometown team today after one season. A year ago, the Green Bay Packers elected to move on from a group of veterans at the inside linebacker position, instead moving forward with a group of young players plus former outside linebacker Clay Matthews manning the position. The results were mixed, but the releases of Brad Jones and A.J. Hawk freed up both playing time and some money at the position. Fast-forward a year to today. This afternoon, the Cincinnati Bengals announced that they have released Hawk, a native of nearby Centerville, Ohio....
Cincy Jungle Apr 26, 2016

Where does Bengals linebacker roster stand after release of A.J. Hawk

The Bengals have 10 linebackers currently on the roster and will likely add more this weekend. The Bengals released veteran linebacker A.J. Hawk on Tuesday, two days ahead of round one of the 2016 NFL Draft. The timing seems to indicate the Bengals will add at least one linebacker via the Draft and undrafted free agency this weekend. "A.J. was a big part of us last season as we won the division championship, and I appreciate his efforts," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis regarding Hawk's release. "We’re going a different direction at this point, but I’ve always been a fan of A.J....
Cincy Jungle Apr 26, 2016

Bengals parting ways with A.J. Hawk

The Bengals are releasing A.J. Hawk after just one year in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Bengals are making a big move ahead of the 2016 NFL Draft. According to FOX Sports' Alex Marvez, the Bengals are parting ways with veteran linebacker A.J. Hawk. Source tells @SiriusXMNFL & @NFLonFOX that @Bengals are releasing @OfficialAJHawk — Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) April 26, 2016 The Bengals have since confirmed this move. NEWS: #Bengals release LB A.J. Hawk pic.twitter.com/cBPr4cBBsI — Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) April 26, 2016 Hawk just finished up his 10th NFL season in 2015,...
Cincy Jungle Apr 26, 2016

2016 NFL Draft player profile: USC linebacker Su'a Cravens

The Cincinnati Bengals love versatility out of their players and USC linebacker Su'a Cravens definitely provides that attribute. But, is he athletic enough to be an impact player in the NFL? There are many occasions where a player is a dominant one at the collegiate ranks, but because of size and/or skill set issues, said college player just can't make the transition to the NFL level. The USC Trojans have had a number of these "'tweener" players over the years, and they have come with mixed results as pros. One of the crown jewels of Trojan examples in this mold was Troy Polamalu, who was a...

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