To casual football fans, the Cincinnati Bengals are probably best known for missing the playoffs in 14 consecutive seasons, with nary a winning season in the mix.
It’s sometimes hard to recall that the Bengals actually played in two Super Bowls in the 1980s, and came close to winning both of them.
One of the biggest reasons the Bengals went through such a long postseason drought – from 1991 through 2004 – is due to bad (or unlucky) selections in the NFL Draft.
It’s not hard at all to come up with a list of top draft busts (with Akili Smith, David Klingler and KiJana Carter coming immediately to mind).
The fortunes of the franchise appear to have changed for the better in recent years – thanks in large part to good draft picks.
Here is a Top Ten list of the best draft picks in franchise history.
1. Anthony Munoz (1st round – 3rd overall, 1980, HOF)
The Bengals certainly did not miss with this first-round pick, as the USC product was arguably the best player at