Top 15 draft picks in Cincinnati Bengals history

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Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
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10. Joe Burrow

Drafted 1st overall in 2020

It might feel like a stretch to have Joe Burrow in the top 10 of all-time draft picks but look at what the guy has accomplished early in his career! In just his second year as a starting NFL quarterback, Burrow helped get the Bengals their first playoff win in over three decades and helped them reach the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1988 season. I’d say he deserves to be listed right here.

Burrow had one of the best seasons for a college quarterback, which ended with him helping LSU win a National Championship and Joey Franchise himself winning the Heisman Trophy. That also earned him the distinction of being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft where the Bengals practically sprinted to turn in their draft card when they were on the clock.

Burrow’s rookie season wasn’t glitter and rainbows by any means but fans could see why the team took him first overall. Unfortunately, he was injured midway through the year, ending what looked to be a promising rookie campaign.

In year two, it took Burrow a bit to get going but he finished the season with 4,611 passing yards, 34 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. The 4,611 yards through the air are the most ever thrown by a Bengals quarterback in a single season.

Burrow’s 2021 performance not only helped get the team an AFC North title, but it got them their first playoff win in three decades, and a Super Bowl appearance. Burrow also won the Comeback Player of the Year award.

It might be early in his career but it’s hard to argue that Joe Burrow isn’t already one of the team’s best draft picks of all time.