Bengals’ Best and Worst NFL Draft Picks Since 2003

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Nov 18, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) escapes a tackle from Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga (58) during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Worst

Rey Maualuga (2008)

Since being moved from outside linebacker to middle linebacker, times have been rough for poor Maualuga, especially in 2012. He was the lone weakness in a pretty solid linebacking corps for the Bengals. He missed a lot of tackles and looked lost and confused at times.

 

Jordan Shipley (2010)

This kid showed quite a bit of promise as a slot receiver coming out of Texas, but he got hurt and was never heard from again in Cincinnati……………….

 

Carson Palmer (Yes, he goes in both categories)

I know what you are thinking, I am contradicting myself, but Palmer did stab the Bengals in the back, as well as the Raiders and soon enough the Cardinals. He was a 4000 yard passer, and a 30 touchdown passer, but was also a 15 interception passer, and was quite injury prone. He had consistency issues. He had no mobility, and panicked a lot in the pocket. Sure, he was a great player for a few years, one of the best QBs in the league even, but he is gone now, and had bad times near the end, therefore, he is a waste. He did some things to get on my list of best draft picks, but did things to get on my list of worst draft picks.

 

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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.