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The Cincinnati Bengals landed two of the most well known players in the draft in first-round wide receiver John Ross, who lit up the Combine with his record-breaking 4.22 40-yard dash, and running back Joe Mixon, who has been in the news as a controversial figure since being charged with assault in 2014.

More serious college fans also might have been aware of defensive ends Jordan Willis and Carl Lawson, whom the Bengals took in the third and fourth rounds, respectively.

But it’s likely most fans don’t know much about the rest of the team’s selections, so here are seven things to know about the final seven players the Bengals drafted Saturday:

Tennessee trend

When the Bengals selected Tennessee wide receiver Josh Malone with their second of three fourth-round picks, it continued a curious trend of players traveling up I-75 to swap shades of orange.

The last four players the Bengals have drafted out of Tennessee have all been wide receivers – Kelley Washington (third round, 2003), Carl Pickens (second round, 1992) and Tim McGee (first round, 1986).

Malone ran an impressive 4.4 40-yard dash at the Combine after catching 11 of his 14 collegiate touchdowns last fall as a junior.

Walk this way

Defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow, the team’s third of three fourth-round picks, is one of three brothers who walked on at the University of Michigan.

His older brother Graham earned a scholarship after his sophomore year and was a third-round pick of the Detroit Lions last year and started 11 games at center and guard. Ryan also earned his scholarship after his second season, and younger brother Jordan, a backup at the hybrid linebacker/safety position Jabrill Peppers played, is hoping to follow the same path as heads into his junior season this fall.

Asked if he knew that Bengals and Lions play this season and that he might get a chance to go head-to-head against Graham, Jake was fully aware.

“Yeah, Christmas eve,” he laughed. “It’s going to be a great Christmas for the Glasgow family.”

Net gain

Jake Elliott began his athletic career trying to avoid putting balls into a net, but the converted tennis player has been aiming for the stringed targets behind the goal post since switching to football and becoming one of the top kickers in the country.

“At a pep rally my freshman year in high school, one of the coaches saw me kicking in some crazy competition and offered for me to come out,” Elliott said. “I kind of brushed it off, but my junior year rolled around and someone from the football team came and grabbed me from the tennis courts. So I decided to go out a week or two before the season and had a great year. Everything kind of rolled from there.”

Elliott not only broke all of Stephen Gostkowski’s records at Memphis, he has 224 for 244 on extra points and field goals of 30 yards or less.

Strange switch

It’s not uncommon to see offensive linemen switch between guard and tackle or guard and center, but Utah’s J.J. Dielman, whom the Bengals took with their second pick in the fifth round, took the rare route from being a two-year starter at tackle to starting at center as senior before suffering a season-ending broken foot in the fifth game.

He said he isn’t sure, or concerned, about what the Bengals have in mind for him.

“We haven’t gotten too deep as to where and what I’m going to play, but I would assume center and the interior position,” he said. “But I’ve spent time at tackle too, so I am down to play wherever, just as long as I play on the O-Line.”

Dielman said he also practiced at guard at times but never took a snap there in a game.

Father’s footsteps

For the second time in his career, Jordan Evans will call his dad’s old stomping grounds home.

Evans, whom the Bengals drafted with their first pick in the sixth round, played linebacker at Oklahoma, where his dad, Scott, was a three-time all-league defensive tackle.

Scott didn’t go on to play for the Bengals the way Jordan will, but he did grow up in Cincinnati before moving to Norman, Okla., as a teenager.

Six ways to six

Houston cornerback Brandon Wilson, whom the Bengals took with their second pick in the sixth round, is a converted running back who scored eight touchdowns six different ways.

Asked about that on his conference call with reporters, Wilson had instant recall.

“I can name all of them,” he said. “My first one was a (missed) field goal return my redshirt freshman year. Then I had two touchdowns — one on a strip/fumble recovery, and then I had an interception for a touchdown. I had two (kickoff) returns for a touchdown, one against Louisville and one against the University of Connecticut. Then I had two rushing touchdowns against Navy.”

“How many is that,” he laughed.

The sixth different way he scored was by returning a blocked field goal.

Stealing Schreck

Buffalo tight end Mason Schreck said his agent had already worked out contract terms for him sign with the Philadelphia Eagles when he found the Bengals were taking him in the seventh round as the 251st of 253 players drafted.

“Not two minutes later, coach Lewis called me and broke the news to me,” Schreck said. “I honestly broke down in tears. I’m so excited — so excited to go to Cincinnati and help this team go in the right direction and help them win a Super Bowl.”

While many sites did not have Schreck listed in the top 30 tight ends available, the Bengals clearly liked him as they brought the 6-5, 258-pounder in for one of their allotted 30 pre-draft player visits.

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Saturday afternoon was a rollercoaster ride experience for Norman native Jordan Evans as the four year force on OU’s defense waited to be drafted.

After some naps and calls from unknown area codes Evans had one other close call before the Cincinnati Bengals made his NFL dreams come true drafting him in the sixth round.

“They said Jordan … Willis,” Evans said.  “Man when they said, Jordan I swear my heart sunk.  I was like, wait.  What?  Then it made sense.  I finally got a call from the head coach and he said, ‘we put your name in you’re about to be a Bengal.’”  I was just so happy and grateful.  As soon as he hung up I definitely celebrated, ran around the house a couple times and jumped up and down.  It’s just a dream come true.”

Before he raced into end zones and then a Sooner scholarship Evans almost quit football for basketball, but returned to the gridiron for a surprising switch in positions. 

“I was like whoa, hey my name is Jordan,” Evans said.  “I played corner last year I’m not a linebacker.  He was like, ‘no go with the linebackers.’  So I was like, oh he just wasted me.  They were doing like a hitting drill that first day, and they hit me so hard that first day.  I was like, man linebacker is not for me.  So obviously he had a plan and it worked out.”

The son of a Sooners star then arrived at OU with a D minus grade and a lot to prove.

“I felt like that whole entire ride is what put a chip on my shoulder,” Evans said.  “It’s got me to where I’m at today, and I’m definitely blessed and thankful for what I’ve been able to learn in my career.”

Through out Jordan’s journey he’s always had home close and family closer, and in some cases maybe his father was too close.

“I remember one time, I think it was sophomore year, he like took my keys away and grounded me,” Evans said.  “I was like, wait I’m in college.  I can still get grounded in college, but it’s been great.”

If there was a perfect place for Evans it’s Cincinnati.

His father Scott’s from there, his grandfather played football and basketball at Xavier and leading up to the draft he trained there too.

“I feel like it was just right for Cincinnati to go ahead and draft me,” Evans said.  “Even though I’ve only lived there for two months for training it’s almost like it’s a second home to me.  I’m definitely fully acquainted, so it should be an easy and smooth transition for me.”

A familiar face awaits Evans in Cincinnati this Thursday with the Bengals.

Joe Mixon.

Jordan and Joe already know each other well.

“He was a guy I competed with every day,” Evans said.  “We did one on ones or tackling drills Joe wanted me to go against him, and I wanted to go against Joe.  At Bengals practice with him it’s going to be the same thing.  We’re both competitive guys.  At the same time that’s a brother, and that’s going to be my brother for life.”

Evans says he feels he’s always been just missed out on, but that’s what has made him who he is today.

“It’s pushed me,” Evans said.  “It’s made me work so hard.  When I was out there training I swear it’s some of the hardest I’ve ever worked to get where I was at.  I was told I was going to be a free agent, and I didn’t want to be a free agent.  I wanted to be drafted.”

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The Bengals could use another playmaker on offense, and Corey Davis is certainly worth a top-10 selection.

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With all the pressing needs Cincinnati has, it would seem like taking receiver in the top 10 would be out of the question.

However, Corey Davis is the kind of receiver who can upgrade any passing game, including a Bengals offense that relies far too heavily on A.J. Green without much support from others.

And while spending a first-round pick on someone from Western Michigan of all places seems like a reach, Davis isn’t just a small-school receiver torching bad competition. As a true freshman in 2013, Davis set school freshman records with 67 grabs for 941 yards (14.0 avg.) to go with six touchdowns. As a sophomore in 2014, he had 78 catches for 1,408 yards (18.1 avg.) and 15 scores.

During his junior year in 2015, Davis had 90 catches for 1,436 yards (16.1 avg.) and 12 scores. He had the chance to go pro and be drafted, but he wanted to come back and boost his stock enough to be a first-round selection, which he is now all but guaranteed of accomplishing.

This past season, Davis caught 97 balls for 1,500 yards (15.9 avg.) and 19 more scores. Against Toledo on Nov. 25, Davis became the all-time FBS leader in receiving yards. Putting up these kinds of numbers on any level of college football is impressive, and Davis is someone the Bengals should take a hard look at in this week’s draft.

Here is why the Bengals should take Davis with the No. 9 pick:

  • Davis is the most completely receiver in this draft, and he would give this offense a big shot in the arm after it took a step back last year.
  • Davis is the superior route runner to Mike Williams and John Ross, two other receivers getting hype for top-10 selections.
  • It’s no secret that Andy Dalton is one of the weaker-armed starting quarterbacks in the NFL, and he needs guys who can win in the short-to-intermediate routes, which is where Davis does his damage.
  • Brandon LaFell is not the long-term answer as the No. 2 receiver, something Davis would quickly become.
  • Davis is also great winning 50-50 balls, something this receiver group needs more of other than Green.
  • It’s possible Davis is the best player available when Cincinnati goes on the clock, and the BPA approach is often the right one.

Here is why the Bengals should pass on Davis:

  • The Bengals have far more pressing needs than another receiver, especially this high.
  • LaFell, Tyler Boyd and Cody Core showed they can be reliable options next to Green, so there’s no need for Davis.
  • that’s not even accounting for Tyler Eifert, who is like a No. 2/3 receiver in this offense, making it even harder for Davis to have a big role.
  • The one thing this receiver group could use is more speed, but Davis doesn’t offer that anymore than what’s already there.
  • Davis is also recovering from ankle surgery that could limit his availability in OTAs and training camp.
  • He’s had nagging injuries throughout his career, and it’s not like the Bengals have great luck with banged-up players coming into the NFL either.
  • This draft has enough quality wide receivers that the Bengals can get a good contributor in Rounds 2-3, and in this offense, it’s hard for any receiver to be anything more than a ‘good contributor’ when playing second fiddle to Green.

In the end, Davis is a nice player worthy of a top-10 pick, but he just doesn’t move the needle with this Bengals team as much as other guys at this pick would.

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(Photo: The Enquirer/Sam Greene)

Mike Brown is owner and president of the Cincinnati Bengals.

This season will mark the Bengals’ 50th season in Cincinnati. Since we were formed in 1968, we have enjoyed great support – first at Nippert Stadium, then at Riverfront Stadium, and now at Paul Brown Stadium. Throughout all those years, there has been one constant: you, our fans. We appreciate your support, and I say “thank you” on behalf of the entire organization. We look forward to celebrating our team’s history with you this season.

Memories of our first 49 years are too many to mention, but through all the good times and bad, our fans have been right there with us. Our fans got us started on the right foot with a successful expansion franchise. We made the playoffs in our third season, an NFL record at the time. You cheered us on to our first Super Bowl in 1981 – after enduring a memorable Freezer Bowl along the way – and then supported us to a second Super Bowl that ended 34 seconds too late. You have shown us the way to six playoff appearances in the past eight years, including three AFC North Division crowns. You have been there for hundreds of other games. Some good, some agonizing, some too cold to recall, but we have always felt your presence and appreciated your support.

Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown stops for a photos on the sideline during a practice session leading up to the Bengals Sunday NFL International Series game against the Washington Redskins at Allianz Park in London on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. (Photo: Sam Greene)

While we have had many good steps along the way, this 50th season reminds me that we have more steps that we want to take. My passion is to bring Cincinnati a much-deserved NFL championship and you have my pledge that our organization is hard at work with this goal in mind. I care deeply about this town. I raised my kids here, and I have an abiding appreciation for the support you have lent us through the years.

I don’t know what our 50th season will hold for us. We have a good team, yet the NFL is a tough league. Will this be our season? I hope so. If I had my choice, our 50th season would give you a lifetime of memories, much as you have given me a lifetime of memories. I am thankful to you, and though the simple words “thank you” seem inadequate, for me, they really say it all.

Sincerely,

Mike Brown

President

 

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Is it time to say goodbye to Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones? Joe Flacco talks about past and future receivers. What is the biggest “what if?” for all 32 teams?

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Pacman Jones: Bengals, it’s time for him to go

SI Now host Maggie Gray says nobody is making Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Pacman Jones grow up.

Former Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles works out for Bengals

The former Kentucky quarterback showed during a tryout in Cincinnati that he might be open to changing positions to make it in the NFL.

The former Kentucky quarterback showed during a tryout in Cincinnati that he might be open to changing positions to make it in the NFL. Towles took reps at tight end during the Bengals local player workouts.

Jonathan Allen: ‘I love to watch’ Geno Atkins

Top NFL Draft prospect Jonathan Allen said during the Bristol Bistro segment that he admires the play of Bengals five-time Pro Bowler Geno Atkins and talks often with Wallace Gilberry – re-signed by the Bengals late last month – and considers him a m

Alabama defensive tackle Jonathan Allen, the No. 1 DT prospect in the upcoming NFL Draft according to ESPN’s Todd McShay and expected to be selected No. 4 overall in the latest Mock Draft by The Enquirer’s Paul Dehner Jr., spent time Tuesday chatting with Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage on ESPN’s NFL Insiders, and said during the Bristol Bistro segment that he admires the play of Bengals five-time Pro Bowler Geno Atkins and considers Wallace Gilberry – re-signed by the Bengals late last month – a mentor.

Voluntary Workouts 4/19 (Bengals)

Bengals players attend voluntary workouts at Paul Brown Stadium. Check out the photo gallery showing you all the action.

Hobson’s Choice: Bill Tobin Podcast (Bengals)

Bengals.com’s Geoff Hobson sits down with scout Bill Tobin to discuss the evolution of player evaluation for the NFL Draft. Bill Tobin has many years of experience in football personnel, a highlight being his role in building the 1985 Super Bowl winning Chicago Bears.

Bill Tobin, working in his fifth decade as an NFL scout, has gone from watching film on bathroom walls to video cutups on iPads, from storing information in loose-leaf binders to iClouds, and from drafting players on weekdays in January to prime-time on the verge of a sweeps month.

Cincinnati Bengals’ Carlos Dunlap: Something ‘seemed odd’ about Aaron Hernandez situation

Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap took to Instagram to express his thoughts on the death of his former Florida teammate.

Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap took to Instagram to express his thoughts on the death of his former University of Florida teammate Aaron Hernandez.

2017 NFL Draft: Cincinnati Bengals’ top five needs, best fits on the clock at No. 9

Who should the Bengals take with their first pick? We break down all their options

Here is an in-depth look at the team’s needs, offseason changes, potential best fit and the selections by NFLDraftScout.com’s experts.

Who would you pick and why?

5 prospects the Cincinnati Bengals should target in the NFL Draft

The Bengals can make up for a terrible offseason by having a strong draft next week.

The Bengals have had back-to-back offseasons in which they lost more than they gained. This has caused the roster to lack talent and it’s in need of an infusion of youth and explosiveness. That has to come on both sides of the ball, including the offensive line and defensive line.

Best case scenario for Bengals’ schedule

The NFL schedule will be released at 8 p.m. on Thursday on NFL Network. Opponents, home and away, have all been known since the final week of the season but the order and primetime assignments will be unveiled.

AFC North Bytes

Outside linebacker is obviously the Steelers most pressing need, but is it smart?

The Steelers have plenty of holes to fill, but pass rusher is by far the most evident

Make no mistake: the Pittsburgh Steelers have one of the most talented rosters in the NFL, one that features arguably the league’s top offensive trio and a handful of young defensive stars.

Browns don’t rule out trading for a veteran quarterback

There’s a disconnect between the headline and the story that appears in the Cleveland Plain Dealer after Wednesday’s pre-draft press conference from executive V.P. of football operations Sashi Brown. “Jimmy Garoppolo and AJ McCarron could be off table for Browns as club says it won’t trade for veteran QB,” declares the headline — usually written…

There’s a disconnect between the headline and the story that appears in the Cleveland Plain Dealer after Wednesday’s pre-draft press conference from executive V.P. of football operations Sashi Brown.

Joe Flacco Talks Torrey Smith, Anquan Boldin Reunions, Reached Out For Corey Davis Info

The Ravens quarterback doesn’t do much campaigning with the front office for wide receivers, but he would’ve liked to bring back former receiver and friend Torrey Smith. And he has reached out to his brother at Western Michigan for a scouting report on first-round receiver prospect Corey Davis.

The Ravens quarterback doesn’t do much campaigning with the front office for wide receivers, but he would’ve liked to bring back former receiver and friend Torrey Smith. And he has reached out to his brother at Western Michigan for a scouting report on first-round receiver prospect Corey Davis.

Random Bytes

NFL alternate realities – Biggest draft ‘what if?’ for all 32 teams

Gronk grew up minutes away from Buffalo and could have been a Bill. The 49ers almost picked Aaron Rodgers No. 1. NFL Nation picks the top draft “what ifs?” that could have changed each franchise.

NFL Draft: Tyreek Hill points out a sleeper pick in D’vonta Derricott

Tyreek Hill knows a thing or two about being a late-round find in the NFL Draft, so maybe we should pay attention when he has a sleeper pick. When the Kans…

Tyreek Hill knows a thing or two about being a late-round find in the NFL Draft, so maybe we should pay attention when he has a sleeper pick. As a late round sleeper pick himself, Hill might have a feel for this sort of category, which means maybe we should be paying attention to D’Vonta Derricott, a 6’1, 225 lb. outside linebacker from Arkansas Tech.

Allegation against Joe Mixon from high school could affect draft stock

Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon is the most polarizing player in this year’s draft, a first-round talent who punched a woman while he was in college, an ugly incident that was caught on tape. But that may not be the only allegation of violence against a female that has teams concerned about Mixon. Longtime personnel…

Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon is the most polarizing player in this year’s draft, a first-round talent who punched a woman while he was in college, an ugly incident that was caught on tape. But that may not be the only allegation of violence against a female that has teams concerned about Mixon.

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Cincinnati Bengals fans now know when their team’s season officially starts.

Cincinnati Bengals fans now know the official 2017 schedule.

The Bengals begin their quest to return the playoffs on Sept. 10 when they welcome the AFC North rival Baltimore Ravens to Paul Brown Stadium. They have a short turnaround, hosting the Houston Texans just four days later on Thursday Night Football.

Monday Night Football returns to Cincinnati in Week 13 when the Pittsburgh Steelers come to town. The season concludes on New Years Eve on the road at Baltimore.

The bye week is Week 6.

Here is the full schedule:

Week 1: vs. Baltimore Ravens (Sunday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. ET on CBS)
Week 2: vs. Houston Texans (Thursday, Sept. 14 at 8:25 p.m. ET on NFL Network)
Week 3: @ Green Bay Packers (Sunday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. ET on CBS)
Week 4: @ Cleveland Browns (Sunday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. ET on CBS)
Week 5: vs. Buffalo Bills (Sunday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. ET on CBS)
Week 6: BYE
Week 7: at Pittsburgh Steelers (Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. ET on CBS)
Week 8: vs. Indianapolis Colts (Sunday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. ET on CBS)
Week 9: at Jacksonville Jaguars (Sunday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. ET on CBS)
Week 10: at Tennessee Titans (Sunday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX)
Week 11: at Denver Broncos (Sunday, Nov. 19 at 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS)
Week 12: vs. Cleveland Browns (Sunday, Nov. 26 at 1 p.m. ET on CBS)
Week 13: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (Monday, Dec. 4 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN)
Week 14: vs. Chicago Bears (Sunday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX)
Week 15: at Minnesota Vikings (Sunday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. ET on CBS)
Week 16: vs. Detroit Lions (Sunday, Dec. 24 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX)
Week 17: at Baltimore Ravens (Sunday, Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. ET on CBS)

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Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) runs up the middle during their game against the Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

The Cincinnati Bengals will open the season at home for the first time since 2009 when they play host to the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 10.

Among the other highlights on the regular schedule, which the NFL released Thursday night, are two primetime games, both of which are at home. The first comes in Week 2 against the Houston Texans on Sept. 14, and the second is a Monday night tilt against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 4.

Here is a full look at the 2017 schedule. All times are local.

Sunday, Sept. 10, vs. Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 14, vs. Houston, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 24, at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 1, at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 8, vs. Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 15, Bye Week

Sunday, Oct. 22, at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 29, vs. Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 5, at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 12, at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 19, at Denver, 4:25 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 26, vs. Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 4, vs. Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 10, vs. Chicago, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 17, at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 24, vs. Detroit, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 31, at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

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CINCINNATI — Bengals cornerback Adam Jones went on a verbal tirade against a reporter just minutes into the team’s first open interview period of the offseason on Monday.

Jones was speaking to the media for the first time since he was released from jail after an arrest in January. He spoke for only four minutes before he yelled at a reporter who’d asked whether Jones had anything to say to the fans about his arrest. Jones announced before the interview that he would not be taking any questions related to the arrest.

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CINCINNATI — Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert said his back “feels great” after offseason surgery.

He said he doesn’t know at what point he will be able to participate fully in offseason activities, but he thinks he will be ready by training camp.

Eifert missed the entire 2016 offseason, and the first six games, after recovering from an ankle injury in the Pro Bowl. Eifert had a setback early in the season after injuring his back but was able to play through it for eight games. He went on IR for the final two games of the season to have surgery on his back.

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