List of Cincinnati Bengals first-round draft picks

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Anthony Muñoz, the Bengals' 1980 first round pick and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee

The Cincinnati Bengals are a National Football League (NFL) franchise founded as an expansion team of the American Football League in 1968. They joined the National Football League as a result of the 1970 AFL–NFL merger.[1] The Bengals' first draft selection was Bob Johnson, a center from the University of Tennessee. The team's most recent first round selection was Billy Price, a center from the Ohio State University. The Bengals have selected the number one overall pick in the draft three times. They have also selected the second overall pick two times and the third overall pick four times. The team's four selections from the University of Alabama are the most chosen by the Bengals from one university.

Every year during April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft known as "the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting", which is more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second worst picking second and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks 32nd, and the Super Bowl loser always picks 31st. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.

The Bengals traded their 1989 first round draft pick to the Atlanta Falcons for Atlanta's 1989 second round, fourth round, and tenth round draft picks.[2][3]

Key[edit]

Table key
^ Indicates the player was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
* Selected number one overall
Indicates the player was selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career.
The Bengals did not draft a player in the first round that year.
Year Each year links to an article about that particular NFL Draft.
Pick Indicates the number of the pick within the first round
Position Indicates the position of the player in the NFL
College The player's college football team

Player selections[edit]

Two-time Heisman trophy winner Archie Griffin was one of the Bengals' first round picks in 1976
Carson Palmer was the first overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft
A.J. Green was the Bengals' first round pick in 2011
Cincinnati Bengals first-round draft picks
Year Pick Player name Position College Notes
1968 2 Bob Johnson C Tennessee AFL All-Star, #54 retired by Bengals.[4]
1969 5 Greg Cook QB Cincinnati AFL Rookie of the Year[5]
1970 7 Mike Reid DT Penn State 2-time Pro Bowler, 2-time All-Pro.[6]
1971 15 Vernon Holland OT Tennessee State
1972 2 Sherman White DE California
1973 15 Isaac Curtis WR San Diego State 4-time Pro Bowler, 3-time All-Pro[7]
1974 23 Bill Kollar DE Montana State
1975 14 Glenn Cameron DE Florida
1976 11 Billy Brooks WR Oklahoma
24 Archie Griffin RB Ohio State 2-time Heisman Trophy winner[8]
1977 3 Eddie Edwards DE Miami
8 Wilson Whitley DT Houston
22 Mike Cobb TE Michigan State
1978 8 Ross Browner DE Notre Dame
16 Blair Bush C Washington
1979 3 Jack Thompson QB Washington State
12 Charles Alexander RB Louisiana State
1980 3 Anthony Muñoz^ OT USC 11-time Pro Bowler, Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee[9]
1981 10 David Verser WR Kansas
1982 26 Glen Collins DE Mississippi State
1983 25 Dave Rimington C Nebraska 2-time Outland Trophy winner, Lombardi Award winner[10]
1984 7 Ricky Hunley LB Arizona College Football Hall of Fame inductee
16 Pete Koch NT Maryland
28 Brian Blados OT North Carolina
1985 13 Eddie Brown WR Miami 1-time Pro Bowler[11]
25 Emanuel King LB Alabama
1986 11 Joe Kelly LB Washington
21 Tim McGee WR Tennessee
1987 17 Jason Buck DL BYU
1988 5 Rickey Dixon DB Oklahoma
1989 No pick The Bengals traded their first round draft pick to the Atlanta Falcons[3]
1990 12 James Francis LB Baylor
1991 18 Alfred Williams DE Colorado 1-time Pro Bowler[12]
1992 6 David Klingler QB Houston
28 Darryl Williams DB Miami
1993 5 John Copeland DE Alabama
1994 1 Dan Wilkinson* DT Ohio State
1995 1 Ki-Jana Carter* RB Penn State
1996 10 Willie Anderson OT Auburn 4-time Pro Bowler[13]
1997 14 Reinard Wilson LB Florida State
1998 13 Takeo Spikes LB Auburn 2-time Pro Bowler[14]
17 Brian Simmons LB North Carolina
1999 3 Akili Smith QB Oregon
2000 4 Peter Warrick WR Florida State
2001 4 Justin Smith DE Missouri 5-time Pro Bowler[15]
2002 10 Levi Jones OT Arizona
2003 1 Carson Palmer* QB USC 2-time Pro Bowler, Heisman Trophy winner[16]
2004 26 Chris Perry RB Michigan Doak Walker Award winner[17]
2005 17 David Pollack LB Georgia Chuck Bednarik Award winner, Lott Trophy winner, Lombardi Award winner, 2-time Ted Hendricks Award winner[18]
2006 24 Johnathan Joseph DB South Carolina 2-time Pro Bowler
2007 18 Leon Hall DB Michigan
2008 9 Keith Rivers LB USC
2009 6 Andre Smith OT Alabama
2010 21 Jermaine Gresham TE Oklahoma 2-time Pro Bowler[19]
2011 4 A. J. Green WR Georgia 7-time Pro Bowler[20]
2012 17 Dre Kirkpatrick DB Alabama
27 Kevin Zeitler OG Wisconsin
2013 21 Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame 1-time Pro Bowler[21]
2014 24 Darqueze Dennard DB Michigan State Jim Thorpe Award winner[22]
2015 21 Cedric Ogbuehi OT Texas A&M
2016 24 William Jackson III DB Houston
2017 9 John Ross WR Washington
2018 21 Billy Price C Ohio State
2019 11 Jonah Williams OT Alabama

References[edit]

General
  • "Cincinnati Bengals Draft History". Pro-Football-Reference. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  • Alder, James. "NFL Draft Basics:Determining Order of Selection". About.com. Retrieved 2014-08-01.
Specific
  1. ^ "Historical Moments". sportsecyclopedia.com. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  2. ^ "1989 NFL Draft Pick Transactions". prosportstransactions.com. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Pro Football Draft History: 1989". profootballhof.com. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Bob Johnson". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Former AFL Rookie of the Year, Bengals QB Cook dies". nfl.com. January 28, 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Mike Reid". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Isaac Curtis". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Heisman Winners". heisman.com. Archived from the original on 1 August 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Anthony Munoz". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  10. ^ "Dave Rimington". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  11. ^ "Eddie Brown". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  12. ^ "Alfred Williams". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  13. ^ "Willie Anderson". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  14. ^ "Takeo Spikes". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  15. ^ "Justin Smith". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  16. ^ "Carson Palmer". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  17. ^ "Chris Perry". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  18. ^ "David Pollack". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  19. ^ "Jermaine Gresham". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  20. ^ "A.J. Green". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  21. ^ "Tyler Eifert". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  22. ^ "Darqueze Dennard". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.