Cincinnati Bengals NFL Draft History: Part II

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When last we left our intrepid organization in the 2007 draft, the Bengals had invested their picks in Leon Hall and some can’t miss mortgage-backed securities. It was 2007, after all, and at least one of those things turned out well. On to the next five years and Part II of our Cincinnati Bengals NFL Draft History series.


Oct 9, 2011; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Pat Sims (90) walks along the sideline during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Fernando Medina-USA TODAY Sports

2008: No current starters remain from this draft class, with only backup tackle Anthony Collins and defensive lineman Pat Sims (unfortunately, in Sims’ case) remaining on the Bengal roster. First round pick Keith Rivers was very inconsistent and hurt during his tenure in Cincinnati, while second round selection Jerome Simpson finally broke through as a starter in 2011 before leaving for greener pastures last offseason.  This draft would mark the third time in four years that the Bengals would have a disappointing draft, and you can kind of start to see why they were unable to build off of 2005. Well, that and Carson Palmer getting hurt.

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