Bengals quarterback Kenny Anderson was drafted in the third round of the 1971 NFL Draft, going on to have a great career as one of the best quarterbacks in franchise history. But as one of the greats in franchise history, being an interesting parallel.
Heading into his ninth season, the Bengals drafted quarterback Jack Thompson in the first round after Anderson experienced mounting injuries and adversity with Bengals fans going so far as to cheer Anderson's sustained injuries. Thompson was by all indications a bust, drafted third overall, posting 13 touchdowns and 19 interceptions in his four-year career in Cincinnati. Though it didn't help him that Anderson would go on to have a career-year in 1981, awarded the First-Team All-Pro award and leading the Bengals to the Super Bowl.
The eeriness of history continues.
In the 1984 NFL Draft, the Bengals selected quarterback Boomer Esiason in the second round -- after the team had three first round selections. When Esiason entered his ninth season as a Bengals quarterback, the Bengals drafted a quarterback in the first round in the 1992 NFL Draft. Boomer demanded a trade the prior season and agreed to stick around until the Bengals had put someone in place that could replace him after the 1992 season. David Klingler played 31 games, posting 16 touchdowns and 20 interceptions during his four-year career in Cincinnati.
Carson Palmer is the culmination of both Anderson and Esiason. Mounting injuries have largely contributed towards a certain performance degradation while more recently demanding a trade. Oddly enough, Carson Palmer is entering his ninth season.
So if there's certainty in this world, it's that history demands Cincinnati will draft a quarterback in the first round. And if history repeats itself, then that quarterback won't have a very good career.