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Proposed new Cincinnati Bengals uniform

As for the Cincinnati Bengals, [Jesse Alkire] made some changes. He explained why on his web site:

“Orange takes over as the primary color, as the team’s namesake animal and primary logo are predominantly orange. Black tiger striping on shoulders continues onto the chest and pants as a sublimation. Numbers inspired by the team’s custom type.”

They look pretty good.





4. Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel, Quarterback, Texas A&M

I’m going to stick with my “three QBs in four picks” prediction and say that the Browns are thrilled with this pick. They need one of the “big three” and I find it hard to believe that this team passes on a potential franchise-changing difference-maker.

26. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis): Xavier Su’a-Filo, Guard, UCLA

The Browns have a massive amount of picks this year, so this pick just makes sense. Guard isn’t a deep position while wide receiver and defensive prospects are everywhere in this class. The Browns will need to protect their new weapons in 2014. Su’a-Filo does just that.

Manziel has continued doing things well to keep him in the conversation for being a top-tier pick. Most recently, he recorded one of the highest Wonderlic scores for this year’s QBs.





Outside of his noticeable burst (good for any scheme, obviously), Forsett’s ability to stop and cut back in one fluid step was valuable to the run game.

In a zone scheme, a valuable asset to have is the ability to follow the blocks as they all lead toward one side, and then at the right moment, cut back across the blocks and head the opposite way. Typically if a running back can’t execute the transition to the opposite side of the blocking direction in one step, it ruins chances of getting an advantage on defenders who also must change direction.

The more steps it takes to cut back, the more time defenders have to react.

For Forsett, one of his best assets is the lower leg strength he possesses that allows him to execute the cutbacks.

The Ravens will likely draft a RB, but Forseett’s familiarity with Kubiak’s system should give him an advantage.





Todd McShay two-round mock draft has a new twist for Steelers

Darqueze Dennard to Pittsburgh at 15. Sure. There’s no way you haven’t heard that by now.

But Texas Tech move-TE Jace Amaro in the second round?

So says Scouts Inc. analyst Todd McShay. He has the athletic Amaro falling to 46, where a Steelers team looking to get younger at the tight end position (writes McShay) happily snap him up.

That sort of fulfills the alleged “tall receiver” decree. It also creates some youthful depth that has actual talent at the position. All in all, there wouldn’t be much to complain about if this was the situation for the Steelers.

A few notable prospects who go after Amaro are LSU WR Jarvis Landry (No. 50, Miami), Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews (No. 56, San Francisco) and South Carolina WR Bruce Ellington (No. 60, Carolina).

Defensive line and ILB are other areas of need.


The Sideline Report Announcement from Surge: If anyone is interested in going to Radio City Music Hall for the Draft for The Sideline Report work product only, these are the slots I can fill: Photographer, Press Box (Writers, Radio), TV Personality Interviews

Please contact Surge directly through email or the messaging system in the bottom left if you’re interested. Alternatively, you can let Dooommeeeedd or Ravenous128 know you’re interested in the comments section. The deadline is before April 18th. The 2014 NFL Draft begins Thursday, May 8th and ends on the 10th.


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