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6-9-1, 3rd in AFC North
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2hMel Kiper Jr.

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He's a home-run threat for sure, but the No. 9 pick might have been a little too rich for someone with John Ross' injury history.

Bengals add big play threat in John Ross (0:53)

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said nobody wanted to trade up when they were on the clock at No. 9. He has no concerns about Ross's injury history after he passed the team's medical evaluations. Obviously speed is big here after Ross ran a 4.22 40-yard dash at the NFL combine and the 1-2 punch of him and A.J. Green was alluring.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

With the John Ross pick, the Cincinnati Bengals are loaded up on playmakers and ready to attack the Pittsburgh Steelers' secondary twice a year. Yet another reason for the Steelers to get more rangy defensive back help.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bengals have selected Washington WR John Ross. With his 4.22 40-yard dash, the Bengals find the speed element they've been lacking among their wide receivers. They now have a guy who can stretch the field next to A.J. Green.

ESPN Stats and Information  

How much of a home-run threat was John Ross in Washington's run to the College Football Playoff? Between catches, runs and kickoff returns, the speedster averaged a touchdown for every 5.8 touches in 2016.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bengals get WR John Ross and his 4.22 speed. Ross can stretch the field and he has the lateral movement at the line to beat press-coverage. Think deep ball opportunities for the Bengals offense and the ability to create even more room for A.J. Green.

Mike Sando ESPN Senior Writer 

Was thinking OJ Howard would be a great pick for the Bengals. John Ross seems like a bit of a luxury pick but not a bad one at all. His speed and AJ Green's speed on the field at the same time? That will be tough on defensive coordinators, especially if Tyler Eifert can stay healthy.

Todd McShay ESPN Senior Writer 

There are wide-ranging opinions on WR John Ross in talking to people in the NFL. The biggest concerns were with durability (knee and shoulder issues), but he's the premier big-play weapon in this draft.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers selected RB Christian McCaffrey. The Bengals are now on the clock. Cincinnati likely goes defense here, although TE O.J Howard or WR John Ross are possibilities. Still on the board: Jonathan Allen, Reuben Foster, Derek Barnett, Charles Harris and Malik Hooker.

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cincinnati Bengals, looking to get younger in the front seven, can choose from among Jonathan Allen, Reuben Foster, Derek Barnett, Charles Harris... real good spot for Cincy.

ESPN Staff  

Which player will the Bengals take at No. 9? Here are the final projected picks from Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, plus the players Louis Riddick and NFL Nation would select: Kiper/McShay – Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama; Riddick – Charles Harris, DE, Missouri; NFL Nation – Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama.

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2dLouis Riddick

GM Mock Draft: Bengals bolster pass rush

Cincy could stand to pair someone opposite star Carlos Dunlap off the edge, which is why one of the top pass-rushers available makes sense at No. 9.

ESPN Stats and Information  

With veterans Kevin Zeitler and Andrew Whitworth gone via free agency, the Bengals have significant holes to fill on the offensive line in the draft. Scouts Inc. only has two offensive linemen ranked in the top 20, and none higher than 15th.

Cincinnati will get calls for McCarron (1:38)
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QB McCarron staying patient as trade unlikely

AJ McCarron says he just has to "wait my time" to be an NFL starting quarterback as he is looking at another year of being Andy Dalton's backup with the Bengals.

Team Stats

Passing Yards246.415th
Rushing Yards110.613th
Points For20.224th
Points Against19.78th

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