History of Cincinnati Bengals First-Round NFL Draft Picks All Time

    The Cincinnati Bengals struck gold with Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase, but what does their full first-round NFL Draft pick history look like over the years?

    Football is finally becoming a successful venture for the Cincinnati Bengals, but their first-round NFL Draft pick history shows the hills and valleys that have come over the years. Few teams have been as volatile as the Bengals in Round 1, but their highest peaks speak to their potential.

    Cincinnati Bengals First-Round Draft Picks Throughout History

    Across the Bengals’ vast NFL Draft history, only one first-round pick has been inducted into the Hall of Fame: Offensive tackle Anthony Munoz. Drafted third overall in 1980, Munoz played thirteen seasons for the Bengals. He made the Pro Bowl 11 times and earned All-Pro honors nine times, and is widely viewed as one of the best offensive tackles all time, regardless of era.

    Beyond Munoz, wide receiver A.J. Green may have the best chance of eventually becoming a Hall of Famer. Injuries and a late-career regression hurt Green’s chances, but he was on a torrid pace to start his career, making the Pro Bowl in seven consecutive seasons after being drafted. Meanwhile, in the modern era, Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase are both on the right track.

    2024

    • Amarius Mims | Pick 18
      OT, Georgia

    2023

    • Myles Murphy | Pick 28
      EDGE, Clemson

    2022

    • Daxton Hill | Pick 31
      S, Michigan

    2021

    • Ja’Marr Chase | Pick 5
      WR, LSU

    2020

    • Joe Burrow | Pick 1
      QB, LSU

    2019

    • Jonah Williams | Pick 11
      OT, Alabama

    2018

    • Billy Price | Pick 21
      C, Ohio State

    2017

    • John Ross | Pick 9
      WR, Washington

    2016

    • William Jackson III | Pick 24
      CB, Houston

    2015

    • Cedric Ogbuehi | Pick 21
      OT, Texas A&M

    2014

    • Darqueze Dennard | Pick 24
      DB, Michigan State

    2013

    • Tyler Eifert | Pick 21
      TE, Notre Dame

    2012

    • Dre Kirkpatrick | Pick 17
      DB, Alabama
    • Kevin Zeitler | Pick 27
      G, Wisconsin

    2011

    • A.J. Green | Pick 4
      WR, Georgia

    2010

    • Jermaine Gresham | Pick 21
      TE, Oklahoma

    2009

    • Andre Smith | Pick 6
      OT, Alabama

    2008

    • Keith Rivers | Pick 9
      LB, USC

    2007

    • Leon Hall | Pick 18
      DB, Michigan

    2006

    • Johnathan Joseph | Pick 24
      DB, South Carolina

    2005

    • David Pollack | Pick 17
      LB, Georgia

    2004

    • Chris Perry | Pick 26
      RB, Michigan

    2003

    • Carson Palmer | Pick 1
      QB, USC

    2002

    • Levi Jones | Pick 10
      OT, Arizona State

    2001

    • Justin Smith | Pick 4
      DE, Missouri

    2000

    • Peter Warrick | Pick 4
      WR, Florida State

    1999

    • Akili Smith | Pick 3
      QB, Oregon

    1998

    • Takeo Spikes | Pick 13
      LB, Auburn
    • Brian Simmons | Pick 17
      LB, North Carolina

    1997

    • Reinard Wilson | Pick 14
      LB, Florida State

    1996

    • Willie Anderson | Pick 10
      OT, Auburn

    1995

    • Ki-Jana Carter | Pick 1
      RB, Penn State

    1994

    • Dan Wilkinson | Pick 1
      DT, Ohio State

    1993

    • John Copeland | Pick 5
      DE, Alabama

    1992

    • David Klingler | Pick 6
      QB, Houston
    • Darryl Williams | Pick 28
      DB, Miami (FL)

    1991

    • Alfred Williams | Pick 18
      DE, Colorado

    1990

    • James Francis | Pick 12
      LB, Baylor

    1989

    The Bengals traded their first-round pick to the Atlanta Falcons.

    1988

    • Rickey Dixon | Pick 5
      DB, Oklahoma

    1987

    • Jason Buck | Pick 17
      DE, BYU

    1986

    • Joe Kelly | Pick 11
      LB, Washington
    • Tim McGee | Pick 21
      WR, Tennessee

    1985

    • Eddie Brown | Pick 13
      WR, Miami (FL)
    • Emanuel King | Pick 25
      LB, Alabama

    1984

    • Ricky Hunley | Pick 7
      LB, Arizona
    • Pete Koch | Pick 16
      NT, Maryland
    • Brian Blados | Pick 28
      OT, North Carolina

    1983

    • Dave Rimington | Pick 25
      C, Nebraska

    1982

    • Glen Collins | Pick 26
      DE, Mississippi State

    1981

    • David Verser | Pick 10
      WR, Kansas

    1980

    • Anthony Munoz* | Pick 3
      OT, USC

    1979

    • Jack Thompson | Pick 3
      QB, Washington State
    • Charles Alexander | Pick 12
      RB, LSU

    1978

    • Ross Browner | Pick 8
      DE, Notre Dame
    • Blair Bush | Pick 16
      C, Washington

    1977

    • Eddie Edwards | Pick 3
      DE, Miami (FL)
    • Wilson Whitley | Pick 8
      DT, Houston
    • Mike Cobb | Pick 22
      TE, Michigan State

    1976

    • Billy Brooks | Pick 11
      WR, Oklahoma
    • Archie Griffin | Pick 24
      RB, Ohio State

    1975

    • Glenn Cameron | Pick 14
      LB, Florida

    1974

    • Bill Kollar | Pick 23
      DE, Montana State

    1973

    • Isaac Curtis | Pick 15
      WR, San Diego State

    1972

    • Sherman White | Pick 2
      DE, California

    1971

    • Vern Holland | Pick 15
      OT, Tennessee State

    1970

    • Mike Reid | Pick 7
      DT, Penn State

    1969

    • Greg Cook | Pick 5
      QB, Cincinnati

    1968

    • Bob Johnson | Pick 2
      C, Tennessee

    *Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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