List of Cincinnati Bengals first-round draft picks

Anthony Muñoz, the Bengals' 1980 first round pick and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee

The Cincinnati Bengals are a National Football League (NFL) franchise founded as an expansion team of the American Football League in 1968. They joined the National Football League as a result of the 1970 AFL–NFL merger.[1] The Bengals' first draft selection was Bob Johnson, a center from the University of Tennessee. The team's most recent first round selection was William Jackson III, a cornerback from the University of Houston. The Bengals have selected the number one overall pick in the draft three times. They have also selected the second overall pick two times and the third overall pick four times. The team's four selections from the University of Alabama are the most chosen by the Bengals from one university.

Every year during April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft known as "the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting", which is more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second worst picking second and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks 32nd, and the Super Bowl loser always picks 31st. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.

The Bengals traded their 1989 first round draft pick to the Atlanta Falcons for Atlanta's 1989 second round, fourth round, and tenth round draft picks.[2][3]


Enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
* Selected number one overall


Two-time Heisman trophy winner Archie Griffin was one of the Bengals' first round picks in 1976
Carson Palmer was the first overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft
A.J. Green was the Bengals' first round pick in 2011
Year Pick Player name Position College Notes
1968 2 Johnson, BobBob Johnson C Tennessee AFL All-Star, #54 retired by Bengals.[4]
1969 5 Cook, GregGreg Cook QB Cincinnati AFL Rookie of the Year[5]
1970 7 Reid, MikeMike Reid DT Penn State 2-time Pro Bowler, 2-time All-Pro.[6]
1971 15 Holland, VernonVernon Holland OT Tennessee State
1972 2 White, ShermanSherman White DE California
1973 15 Curtis, IsaacIsaac Curtis WR San Diego State 4-time Pro Bowler, 3-time All-Pro[7]
1974 23 Kollar, BillBill Kollar DE Montana State
1975 14 Cameron, GlennGlenn Cameron DE Florida
1976 11 Brooks, BillyBilly Brooks WR Oklahoma
24 Griffin, ArchieArchie Griffin RB Ohio State 2-time Heisman Trophy winner[8]
1977 3 Edwards, EddieEddie Edwards DE Miami
8 Whitley, WilsonWilson Whitley DT Houston
22 Cobb, MikeMike Cobb TE Michigan State
1978 8 Browner, RossRoss Browner DE Notre Dame
16 Bush, BlairBlair Bush C Washington
1979 3 Thompson, JackJack Thompson QB Washington State
12 Alexander, CharlesCharles Alexander RB Louisiana State
1980 3 Muñoz, AnthonyAnthony Muñoz OT USC 11-time Pro Bowler, 9-time First-Team All-Pro, 2-time Second-Team All-Pro, 3-time Offensive Lineman of the Year, Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee[9]
1981 10 Verser, DavidDavid Verser WR Kansas
1982 26 Collins, GlenGlen Collins DE Mississippi State
1983 25 Rimington, DaveDave Rimington C Nebraska 2-time Outland Trophy winner, Lombardi Award winner[10]
1984 7 Hunley, RickyRicky Hunley LB Arizona College Football Hall of Fame inductee
16 Koch, PetePete Koch NT Maryland
28 Blados, BrianBrian Blados OT North Carolina
1985 13 Brown, EddieEddie Brown WR Miami 1-time Pro Bowler, 1-time Second-Team All-Pro, NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year[11]
25 King, EmanuelEmanuel King LB Alabama
1986 11 Kelly, JoeJoe Kelly LB Washington
21 McGee, TimTim McGee WR Tennessee
1987 17 Buck, JasonJason Buck DL BYU
1988 5 Dixon, RickeyRickey Dixon DB Oklahoma
1989 No pick The Bengals traded their first round draft pick to the Atlanta Falcons[3]
1990 12 Francis, JamesJames Francis LB Baylor
1991 18 Williams, AlfredAlfred Williams DE Colorado 1-time Pro Bowler, 1-time First-Team All-Pro[12]
1992 6 Klingler, DavidDavid Klingler QB Houston
28 Williams, DarrylDarryl Williams DB Miami
1993 5 Copeland, JohnJohn Copeland DE Alabama
1994 1 Wilkinson, DanDan Wilkinson* DT Ohio State
1995 1 Carter, Ki-JanaKi-Jana Carter* RB Penn State
1996 10 Anderson, WillieWillie Anderson OT Auburn 4-time Pro Bowler, 3-time First-Team All-Pro, 1-time Second-Team All-Pro[13]
1997 14 Wilson, ReinardReinard Wilson LB Florida State
1998 13 Spikes, TakeoTakeo Spikes LB Auburn 2-time Pro Bowler, 1-time First-Team All-Pro[14]
17 Simmons, BrianBrian Simmons LB North Carolina
1999 3 Smith, AkiliAkili Smith QB Oregon
2000 4 Warrick, PeterPeter Warrick WR Florida State
2001 4 Smith, JustinJustin Smith DE Missouri 5-time Pro Bowler, 1-time First-Team All-Pro[15]
2002 10 Jones, LeviLevi Jones OT Arizona
2003 1 Palmer, CarsonCarson Palmer* QB USC 2-time Pro Bowler, Heisman Trophy winner[16]
2004 26 Perry, ChrisChris Perry RB Michigan Doak Walker Award winner[17]
2005 17 Pollack, DavidDavid Pollack LB Georgia Chuck Bednarik Award winner, Lott Trophy winner, Lombardi Award winner, 2-time Ted Hendricks Award winner[18]
2006 24 Joseph, JohnathanJohnathan Joseph DB South Carolina 2-time Pro Bowler, 2-time Second-team All-Pro
2007 18 Hall, LeonLeon Hall DB Michigan 1-time Second-team All-Pro[19]
2008 9 Rivers, KeithKeith Rivers LB USC
2009 6 Smith, AndreAndre Smith OT Alabama
2010 21 Gresham, JermaineJermaine Gresham TE Oklahoma 2-time Pro Bowler[20]
2011 4 Green, A. J.A. J. Green WR Georgia 3-time Pro Bowler[21]
2012 17 Kirkpatrick, DreDre Kirkpatrick DB Alabama
27 Zeitler, KevinKevin Zeitler OG Wisconsin
2013 21 Eifert, TylerTyler Eifert TE Notre Dame
2014 24 Dennard, DarquezeDarqueze Dennard CB Michigan State Jim Thorpe Award winner[22]
2015 21 Ogbuehi, CedricCedric Ogbuehi OT Texas A&M


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  6. "Mike Reid". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  7. "Isaac Curtis". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  8. "Heisman Winners". Retrieved 1 August 2014.
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  10. "Dave Rimington". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  11. "Eddie Brown". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  12. "Alfred Williams". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  13. "Willie Anderson". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  14. "Takeo Spikes". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  15. "Justin Smith". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  16. "Carson Palmer". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  17. "Chris Perry". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  18. "David Pollack". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  19. "Leon Hall". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  20. "Jermaine Gresham". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  21. "A.J. Green". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  22. "Darqueze Dennard". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 August 2014.


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