9. Corey Dillon
Drafted 43rd overall in 1997
The Bengals spent their second-round pick in 1997 on “Clock Killin'” Corey Dillon of Washington. Dillon responded by being arguably the best running back in franchise history.
Dillon rushed for over 1,000 yards in the first six years of his career and his seventh and final season with the stripes was the only time where he didn’t. The 2000 and 2001 seasons were Dillon’s best in the stripes, as in 2000 he had 1,435 yards and seven touchdowns and in 2001 he notched 1,315 and 10 touchdowns.
After the 2002 season, Dillon ended up in New England and played three seasons with the Patriots before calling it a career. He was solid during those final three years of his career and won a Super Bowl with New England but people still remember him most from his Bengals years, and rightfully so.
Dillon still holds the mark for all-time leading rushing yards with 8,061 and finished with 45 touchdowns. He also had 1,482 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns during his seven-year Bengals career as well.
Corey Dillon was a lot of fun to watch during his time in Cincinnati so he was an easy inclusion on this list.