While the first-round of the NFL Draft is where you’ll normally find the greatest talent coming out of college, the later rounds will also feature a number of future NFL stars. Surprisingly for the Bengals, the fourth-round has been where the team has had some of its greatest drafting success.
Here are a list of players whom the Bengals have selected in round 4 from 2001-2010:
All of these players have started multiple games, and 6 of the 7 for at least one full season for the Bengals. Collins has been a solid backup and may be in line to become the full-time starter at RT next season if the team lets Andre Smith leave via free agency. You also have
Two starting DEs in Geathers and Michael Johnson
A starting G/OT for multiple season in Andrews
The franchise’s single-season and #3 all-time rusher in Rudi Johnson
A very high-level DT in Peko
A potential All-Pro in Atkins.