By The Numbers: Look at Bengals draft history

By The Numbers: Look at Bengals draft history
Take a look at some key numbers as we near the start of the 2020 NFL Draft. (Source: Joe Danneman)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Less than four months ago the Cincinnati Bengals walked off the field of Paul Brown Stadium with a 33-23 win over the Cleveland Browns.

A lot has changed since the late-December game, like the fact that there are not any sports being played in the U.S. because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sports die-hards are thirsty for new and live content. Thankfully, the 2020 NFL Draft is on the horizon.

Every year, the draft ushers in a fresh crop of young, promising talent that offers teams a chance at building for the future.

The Bengals have this chance this year with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

Let’s take a look back and breakdown the numbers of Cincinnati’s draft history, according to Pro Football Reference:

  • 3 - the number of times the Bengals have selected No. 1 overall prior to 2020
    • 2003: QB Parson Palmer
    • 1995: RB Ki-Jana Carter
    • 1994: DT Dan Wilkinson
  • 5 - how many times the Bengals have drafted a quarterback in the first round
    • 2003: Carson Palmer, No. 1
    • 1999: Akili Smith, No. 3
    • 1992: David Klingler, No. 6
    • 1979: Jack Thompson, No. 3
    • 1969: Greg Cook, No. 5
  • 5 - Number of offensive players drafted in the first round since Mike Brown took over General Manager duties in 2013
    • 2019: G Jonah Williams, No. 11
    • 2018: C Bill Price, No. 21
    • 2017: WR John Ross, No. 9
    • 2015: T Cedric Ogbuehi, No. 21
    • 2013: TE Tyler Eifert, No. 21
  • 8 - LSU players selected by the Bengals in the draft
    • 2014: RB Jeremy Hill, 55th overall
    • 2014: WR James Wright, 239th overall
    • 2006: T Andrew Whitworth, 55th overall
    • 2006: WR Bennie Brazell, 231st overall
    • 2000: DB Mark Roman. 34th overall
    • 1979: RB Charles Alexander, 12th overall
    • 1975: LB Bo Harris, 77th overall
    • 1972: Tommy Casanova, 29th overall
  • 11 - Skill position players selected in the first four rounds since 2013
    • 2019: TE Drew Sample, 52nd overall
    • 2019: QB Ryan Finley, 104th overall
    • 2018: RB Mark Walton, 112th overall
    • 2017: WR John Ross, 9th overall
    • 2017: RB Joe Mixon, 48th overall
    • 2017: WR Josh Malone, 128th overall
    • 2016: WR Tyler Body, 55th overall
    • 2015: TE Tyler Kroft, 85th overall
    • 2014: RB Jeremy Hill, 55th overall
    • 2013: TE Tyler Eifert, 21st overall
    • 2013: RB Giovani Bernard, 37th overall

Don’t forget, you can join the 2020 pre-draft party presented by Bose as the clock counts down to the No. 1 pick starting Thursday at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Zac Taylor, Duke Tobin, Dave Lapham, Dan Hoard, Geoff Hobson and Bengals superfans will all be featured by party host and team reporter Marisa Contipelli.

“It is in times like these when sports further highlight the amazing bonds in our community,” said Bengals Executive Vice President Katie Blackburn. “The Bengals look forward to celebrating this highly anticipated moment in team history as we look forward to the 2020 season.”

Fans are encouraged to post pictures and videos from their home watch parties using #SEIZETHEDEY.

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