Bengals’ Best and Worst NFL Draft Picks Since 2003

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Like all teams, the Bengals have seen some really good and really bad players come in via the draft. You have the A.J. Greens, but then you have the Jordan Shipleys. In honor of nfl.com doing their best and worst picks for each team of all time, I will do a modern version, and here are my best and worst Cincinnati Bengals draft picks since 2003.

 

Aug 23, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver AJ Green (18) looks toward the fans during the pre-season game against the Green Bay Packers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Leifheit-USA TODAY Sports

 

Best:
A.J. Green (2011)

Yes, it has been only two years, but it has been a great two years. He had 1000 yards in both years. He has 10+ TD receptions in both years, finishing in the top 5 in 2012 in that department. It has been a great ride so far, and Green should be a household name for years to come

 

Geno Atkins (2010)

He is the best defensive tackle in the league, bar none. In 2012, he had the most sacks of any interior lineman since 2004 with 12.5. He is the anchor of the best pass rushing d-line. Atkins is also pretty good against the run, but that is forgotten because he is such a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks. He is also going to be a household name for years to come, or at least we think so. We can only hope…….

 

Andrew Whitworth (2006)

Drafted in the 2nd round in 2006 out of LSU, Andrew Whitworth has been a constant force on the Bengals offensive line. Whether it is protecting Carson Palmer or Andy Dalton, Whitworth has always been dependable. He is one of, if not the most underrated offensive lineman in the NFL right now and has paved the road for runningbacks like Rudi Johnson, Cedric Benson, and BenJarvus Green-Ellis, all of which had 1000 yard seasons. He also caught a touchdown pass from Carson Palmer back in 2010.

 

Carson Palmer (2003)

Yes, he stabbed us in the back. Yes, he tanked near the end of his tenure in Cincy. Yes, he is a huge crybaby quitter. Yes, most of us have a severe dislike for Palmer, but no one can take away from what he did for the Bengals franchise.He had a cannon for an arm, and with that cannon he lead the Bengals to the playoffs in 2005, ending a 15 year drought. He put up a couple of 4000 yard seasons, and a few 30+ touchdown seasons. He was once known as a savior of this franchise. He was once admired. Yeah, it is hard to believe now.

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  • Allen Karmelin

    2 Dawgs, 2 years, 2 great picks!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mybluesky Jared Sims

    I understand Rey making the list, even though I’m not sure I agree with him being one of the three worst picks since 2003. As far as Shipley and Carson, I couldn’t disagree more. Both had their injury concerns, but Carson was the 3rd best qb in the league before his injury, and Shipley was never expected to contribute enough to warrant a spot on the list and the Bengals only used one of our two third rounds picks for him that year. The most obvious choice for worst draft pick should be Keith Rivers, especially considering where he was drafted. If I had to make my list: Keith Rivers, Jerome Simpson, Chris Perry. You could probably substitute Perry for David Pollack, because they both fell to the same fate of injuries, and I hate to use either of them for this reason – much the way I hate calling Kijana Carter a bust.. I chose Perry over Pollack though because even before the injury I felt like he was a reach with Stephen Jackson still left on the board.