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Draft insight on Bengals

1/26/2010

Sometimes you can predict a team's upcoming NFL draft by looking at their history.

For the Cincinnati Bengals, expect a lot of interest in players from the Pac-10.

The Bengals have demonstrated a lot of interest in the Pac-10 over the past decade. Cincinnati selected 14 players from the conference in the past 11 drafts, including one player in each of the past five drafts.

USC has the most players for Cincinnati over that span with four. Quarterback Carson Palmer (2003), defensive lineman Frostee Rucker and linebackers Keith Rivers and Rey Maualuga are all currently with the team. Also in this group is six-time Pro Bowler Chad Ochocinco, who attended Oregon State.

With Senior Bowl practices taking place this week, don't be surprised if several players from the Pac-10 once again catch the eye of Cincinnati's coaching staff.

They usually do.