Nov 18, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackleAndrew Whitworth
(77) blocks Kansas City Chiefs defensive endTyson Jackson
(94) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Cincinnati won the game 28-6. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
2006: The Bengals very well in the first four rounds of this draft, as all four players taken were still starters in the NFL in 2012, two of them with Cincinnati. First round choice Jonathan Joseph developed into one of the top cornerbacks in the league before moving on to Houston and coming back to haunt his old team in the playoffs. Second round pick Andrew Whitworth was a Pro Bowler this past year despite calling the whole thing a “joke,” while fourth round selection Domata Peko again started all 16 games for the Bengals. Third round pick Frostee Rucker was mostly a backup with Cincinnati from 2006-2011, but moved into a starting role with Cleveland in 2012.
2007: First round pick Leon Hall proved to be a great selection in the first round, but the rest of this draft was terrible—taking out Hall, probably even worse than 2005, but without the attendant injuries, DUIs, assaults, drugs, suspensions, and death. Third round selection Marvin White started part of one season at safety, while safety and seventh round choice Chinedum Ndukwe…well, he was on the roster for quite some time. No one else from this draft class made even a remote impact in a Bengal uniform.
We’ve reached the half point of the Lewis era, and we see that the drafts were something of a mixed bag. But just as a point of reference, let’s take a look at some of Cincinnati’s first round picks from the decade prior, to see how WELL comparatively the Bengals actually drafted in Marvin’s first five years. After drafting linebacker Alfred Williams in the first round in 1991, the Bengals’ first round selections in the following years were: David Klingler, John Copeland, Big Daddy Wilkinson, Ki-Jana Carter, Willie Anderson, Reinard Wilson, Takeo Spikes, Akili Smith, and Peter Warrick. Take out Anderson and Spikes, and that is a whole heap of disappointment.
Part II of the Marvin draftapaloooza is coming soon!