Rank the Bengals First Round Draft Picks in the last 50 years

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    Rank the Bengals First Round Draft Picks in the last 50 years

    Who is your Top 10 from this list? (Stopped at 2012 because hard to rank guys just starting careers).


    1968 2 C Bob Johnson Tennessee 1968-79
    1969 5 QB Greg Cook Cincinnati 1969-74
    1970 7 DT Mike Reid Penn State 1970-74
    1971 15 T Vern Holland Tennessee State 1971-79
    1972 2 DE Sherman White California 1972-75
    1973 15 WR Isaac Curtis San Diego State 1973-84
    1974 23 DT Bill Kollar Montana State 1974-76
    1975 14 LB Glenn Cameron Florida 1975-85
    1976 11 WR Billy Brooks Oklahoma 1976-79
    1976 24 RB Archie Griffin Ohio State 1976-83
    1977 3 DT Eddie Edwards Miami (Fla.) 1977-88
    1977 8 DT Wilson Whitley Houston 1977-82
    1977 22 TE Mike Cobb Michigan State 1977
    1978 8 DL Ross Browner Notre Dame 1978-86
    1978 16 C Blair Bush Washington 1978-82
    1979 3 QB Jack Thompson Washington State 1979-82
    1979 12 RB Charles Alexander LSU 1979-85
    1980 3 T Anthony Muñoz USC 1980-92
    1981 10 WR David Verser Kansas 1981-84
    1982 26 DE Glen Collins Mississippi State 1982-85
    1983 25 C Dave Rimington Nebraska 1983-87
    1984 7 LB Ricky Hunley Arizona Traded
    1984 16 DE Pete Koch Maryland 1984
    1984 28 OL Brian Blados North Carolina 1984-91
    1985 13 WR Eddie Brown Miami (Fla.) 1985-91
    1985 25 LB Emanuel King Alabama 1985-88
    1986 11 LB Joe Kelly Washington 1986-89
    1986 21 WR Tim McGee Tennessee 1986-92, 1994
    1987 17 DE Jason Buck BYU 1987-90
    1988 5 CB Rickey Dixon Oklahoma 1988-92
    1989 NONE (Traded)
    1990 12 LB James Francis Baylor 1990-98
    1991 18 LB Alfred Williams Colorado 1991-94
    1992 6 QB David Klingler Houston 1992-95
    1992 28 S Darryl Williams Miami (Fla.) 1992-95, 2000-01
    1993 5 DE John Copeland Alabama 1993-2000
    1994 1 DT Dan Wilkinson Ohio State 1994-97
    1995 1 RB Ki-Jana Carter Penn State 1995-99
    1996 10 T Willie Anderson Auburn 1996-2007
    1997 14 LB Reinard Wilson Florida State 1997-2002
    1998 13 LB Takeo Spikes Auburn 1998-2002
    1998 17 LB Brian Simmons North Carolina 1998-2006
    1999 3 QB Akili Smith Oregon 1999-2002
    2000 4 WR Peter Warrick Florida State 2000-2004
    2001 4 DE Justin Smith Missouri 2001-2007
    2002 10 T Levi Jones Arizona State 2002-2008
    2003 1 QB Carson Palmer USC 2003-2010
    2004 26 RB Chris Perry Michigan 2004-2008
    2005 17 LB David Pollack Georgia 2005-2007
    2006 24 CB Johnathan Joseph South Carolina 2006-2010
    2007 18 CB Leon Hall Michigan 2007-Present
    2008 9 LB Keith Rivers USC 2008-2011
    2009 6 T Andre Smith Alabama 2009-Present
    2010 21 TE Jermaine Gresham Oklahoma 2010-Present
    2011 4 WR A.J. Green Georgia 2011-Present
    2012 17 CB Dre Kirkpatrick Alabama 2012-Present
    2012 27 G Kevin Zeitler Wisconsin 2012-Present
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    1. Munoz
    2. Isaac Curtis
    3. Mike Reid

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    1. Anthony Munoz
    2. AJ Green
    3. Isaac Curtis
    4. Willie Anderson
    5. Eddie Edwards
    6. Bob Johnson
    7. Leon Hall
    8. Ross Browner
    9. Justin Smith***
    10. Takeo Spikes***

    *** Total career, not only with Bengals

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    I'm going:

    Anthony Muñoz
    Isaac Curtis
    A.J. Green
    Eddie Edwards
    Ross Browner
    Mike Reid
    Carson Palmer
    Willie Anderson
    Archie Griffin
    Bob Johnson

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    1) Munoz
    2) Green
    3) Palmer
    4) Curtis
    5) Big Willie

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    Look how many of these guys didnt make it to a second contract, yikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrantNKY View Post
    1) Munoz
    2) Green
    3) Palmer
    4) Curtis
    5) Big Willie
    I would switch Willie Anderson and Palmer. Other wise I agree with this. If the Bengals were any good as a team during Anderson's years. He would have been a pro bowler every year, and probably remembered a lot like Munoz. Anderson was dominant at tackle. The Bengals just sucked as a team and didn't make super bowls or have good offenses because of horrible qb play.

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    James Francis and Alfred Williams should be in the top 10.

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    The thing that struck me as I looked over the list is there are very few on that list that I would call bad picks. That surprised me. I expected to see more bad picks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by futurecoach View Post
    I would switch Willie Anderson and Palmer. Other wise I agree with this. If the Bengals were any good as a team during Anderson's years. He would have been a pro bowler every year, and probably remembered a lot like Munoz. Anderson was dominant at tackle. The Bengals just sucked as a team and didn't make super bowls or have good offenses because of horrible qb play.
    Willie was really good, yes, remembered a lot like Munoz if they had won more, I doubt that.

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    1. Munoz
    2. AJ Green
    3. Willie Anderson
    4. Isaac Curtis
    5. Ross Browner

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    Quote Originally Posted by 16thBBall Fan View Post
    Willie was really good, yes, remembered a lot like Munoz if they had won more, I doubt that.
    Yes I do. Similar to Corey Dillon. He wasn't a first round pick. However, I do believe he would have been a hall of fame running back and probably would have put up insane numbers if he played for any other team. However he spent years going against 8 and probably even 9 man boxes because they had no qbs who could throw or even Wrs who could catch during his years. He went to New Englad at this end of his career and still led the league in rushing. However besides in Cincy, most people on the NFL will barely remember Dillon. His status as a great player suffered because of being on horrible Bengal teams. Much like it killed Willie Anderson's status.

    If Munoz played the same years Anderson did. Munoz may not have been the best ever or shoot may not have even made the hall of fame. The Bengals being so bad those years, killed the status of how great a couple players were like Dillon and Anderson.

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    ^ I don't know about this stuff about Anderson being overlooked because the Bengals were bad as a team. He is definitely not on a par with Munoz.

    Joe Thomas is widely regarded as the best Left Tackle in football and a shoe-in for the HoF despite playing for the Browns for his entire career. If Anderson was "all that," he would be recognized despite the team around him.

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    One guy I really feel sorry for is Ki-Jana Carter. That man was a beast and injuries lessened his ability to play the most demanding position on the field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgrappler View Post
    ^ I don't know about this stuff about Anderson being overlooked because the Bengals were bad as a team. He is definitely not on a par with Munoz.

    Joe Thomas is widely regarded as the best Left Tackle in football and a shoe-in for the HoF despite playing for the Browns for his entire career. If Anderson was "all that," he would be recognized despite the team around him.
    Big difference is Joe Thomas played LT. Pretty known fact LT get a lot more recognition than a RT. As I said before it not a coincidence that Anderson started making pro bowls once Marvin became coach and the Bengals actually became kind of relevant. As a lineman once you make it, you basically make it every year based on reputation.

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