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 Darqueze Dennard, a cornerback from Michigan 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]

Enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
* Selected number one overall

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
Year Pick Player name Position College Notes
1968 2 Johnson, BobBob Johnson Center Tennessee AFL All-Star, #54 retired by Bengals.[4]
1969 5 Cook, GregGreg Cook Quarterback Cincinnati AFL Rookie of the Year[5]
1970 7 Reid, MikeMike Reid Defensive tackle Penn State 2-time Pro Bowler, 2-time All-Pro.[6]
1971 15 Holland, VernonVernon Holland Offensive tackle Tennessee State
1972 2 White, ShermanSherman White Defensive end California
1973 15 Curtis, IsaacIsaac Curtis Wide receiver San Diego State 4-time Pro Bowler, 3-time All-Pro[7]
1974 23 Kollar, BillBill Kollar Defensive end Montana State
1975 14 Cameron, GlennGlenn Cameron Defensive end Florida
1976 11 Brooks, BillyBilly Brooks Wide receiver Oklahoma
24 Griffin, ArchieArchie Griffin Running back Ohio State 2-time Heisman Trophy winner[8]
1977 3 Edwards, EddieEddie Edwards Defensive end Miami
8 Whitley, WilsonWilson Whitley Defensive tackle Houston
22 Cobb, MikeMike Cobb Tight end Michigan State
1978 8 Browner, RossRoss Browner Defensive end Notre Dame
16 Bush, BlairBlair Bush Center Washington
1979 3 Thompson, JackJack Thompson Quarterback Washington State
12 Alexander, CharlesCharles Alexander Running back Louisiana State
1980 3 Muñoz, AnthonyAnthony Muñoz Offensive tackle USC 11-time Pro Bowler, 9-time First-Team All-Pro, 2-time Second-Team All-Pro, 3-time Offensive Lineman of the Year, Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee[9]
1981 10 Verser, DavidDavid Verser Wide receiver Kansas
1982 26 Collins, GlenGlen Collins Defensive end Mississippi State
1983 25 Rimington, DaveDave Rimington Center Nebraska 2-time Outland Trophy winner, Lombardi Award winner[10]
1984 7 Hunley, RickyRicky Hunley Linebacker Arizona College Football Hall of Fame inductee
16 Koch, PetePete Koch Nose tackle Maryland
28 Blados, BrianBrian Blados Offensive tackle North Carolina
1985 13 Brown, EddieEddie Brown Wide receiver Miami 1-time Pro Bowler, 1-time Second-Team All-Pro, NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year[11]
25 King, EmanuelEmanuel King Linebacker Alabama
1986 11 Kelly, JoeJoe Kelly Linebacker Washington
21 McGee, TimTim McGee Wide receiver Tennessee
1987 17 Buck, JasonJason Buck Defensive lineman BYU
1988 5 Dixon, RickeyRickey Dixon Defensive back Oklahoma
1989 No pick The Bengals traded their first round draft pick to the Atlanta Falcons[3]
1990 12 Francis, JamesJames Francis Linebacker Baylor
1991 18 Williams, AlfredAlfred Williams Defensive end Colorado 1-time Pro Bowler, 1-time First-Team All-Pro[12]
1992 6 Klingler, DavidDavid Klingler Quarterback Houston
28 Williams, DarrylDarryl Williams Defensive back Miami
1993 5 Copeland, JohnJohn Copeland Defensive end Alabama
1994 1 Wilkinson, DanDan Wilkinson* Defensive tackle Ohio State
1995 1 Carter, Ki-JanaKi-Jana Carter* Running back Penn State
1996 10 Anderson, WillieWillie Anderson Offensive tackle Auburn 4-time Pro Bowler, 3-time First-Team All-Pro, 1-time Second-Team All-Pro[13]
1997 14 Wilson, ReinardReinard Wilson Linebacker Florida State
1998 13 Spikes, TakeoTakeo Spikes Linebacker Auburn 2-time Pro Bowler, 1-time First-Team All-Pro[14]
17 Simmons, BrianBrian Simmons Linebacker North Carolina
1999 3 Smith, AkiliAkili Smith Quarterback Oregon
2000 4 Warrick, PeterPeter Warrick Wide receiver Florida State
2001 4 Smith, JustinJustin Smith Defensive end Missouri 5-time Pro Bowler , 1-time First-Team All-Pro[15]
2002 10 Jones, LeviLevi Jones Offensive tackle Arizona
2003 1 Palmer, CarsonCarson Palmer* Quarterback USC 2-time Pro Bowler, Heisman Trophy winner[16]
2004 26 Perry, ChrisChris Perry Running back Michigan Doak Walker Award winner[17]
2005 17 Pollack, DavidDavid Pollack Linebacker Georgia Chuck Bednarik Award winner, Lott Trophy winner, Lombardi Award winner, 2-time Ted Hendricks Award winner[18]
2006 24 Joseph, JohnathanJohnathan Joseph Defensive back South Carolina 2-time Pro Bowler, 2-time Second-team All-Pro
2007 18 Hall, LeonLeon Hall Defensive back Michigan 1-time Second-team All-Pro[19]
2008 9 Rivers, KeithKeith Rivers Linebacker USC
2009 6 Smith, AndreAndre Smith Offensive tackle Alabama
2010 21 Gresham, JermaineJermaine Gresham Tight end Oklahoma 2-time Pro Bowler[20]
2011 4 Green, A. J.A. J. Green Wide receiver Georgia 3-time Pro Bowler[21]
2012 17 Kirkpatrick, DreDre Kirkpatrick Defensive back Alabama
27 Zeitler, KevinKevin Zeitler Offensive guard Wisconsin
2013 21 Eifert, TylerTyler Eifert Tight end Notre Dame
2014 24 Dennard, DarquezeDarqueze Dennard Cornerback Michigan Jim Thorpe Award winner[22]

Footnotes[edit]

  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. 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. ^ "Leon Hall". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  20. ^ "Jermaine Gresham". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  21. ^ "A.J. Green". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  22. ^ "Darqueze Dennard". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 

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