Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 4/19/12

As draft weekend approaches, more and more rumors and smokescreens fly around. But when a rumor that has a pattern rears its head, we are inclined to write about it. According to Aaron Wilson of The National Football Post, the Bengals are one of seven teams that are enamored with Alabama outside linebacker/defensive end, Courtney Upshaw.

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Aaron WilsonPer a source, among teams displaying most interest in Courtney Upshaw: Ravens, Steelers, Patriots, Cowboys, Bengals, Titans and Chargers 18 minutes ago via web · Reply · Retweet · Favorite · powered by @socialditto

This shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis recently said that he hopes that Upshaw will be available when the Bengals pick at No.21 in the first round. Since he had All-Pro "'tweener" OLB/DE Peter Boulware in Baltimore, Lewis has been seeking that type of player since. He struck out with David Pollack because of a freak injury and thought he had his guy in Dontay Moch last year, though he battled migraines and never played. The team also toyed with Michael Johnson at outside linebacker, but it didn't work out.

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