Top 15 draft picks in Cincinnati Bengals history

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6. Reggie Williams

Drafted 82nd overall in 1976

In the third round of the 1976 NFL Draft, the Bengals selected Reggie Williams out of Dartmouth. What they got out of the Dartmouth product was 14 years of loyal service.

As was the case with Eddie Edwards, a lot of Williams’ sacks weren’t credited to him while he was playing due to it not being an official stat until 1982 (isn’t that wild?). Had it been a stat throughout, Williams would have finished with 63.5 sacks in his 14-year career.

His best season came in 1981 (of course one year before sacks were a “real” stat) when he notched 11 sacks and hauled in four interceptions. He was a durable player too, which was another reason he stayed with the team so long.

Williams was another key piece during the team’s two trips to the Super Bowl. He was a part of the All-Rookie Team in 1976 and that’s when fans truly knew they had a special player.

Reggie Williams is certainly one of the best draft picks in Bengals history and somehow, he slipped to the third round of his respective draft.