Best Seventh Round Draft Picks During Marvin Lewis Era: Number Two - Jonathan Fanene

We are currently ranking the best players based on the round that they were drafted during the Marvin Lewis era. We've finished the first two rounds. Now we're finishing with the seventh round first. #5 is Ethan Kilmer. #4 is Clinton McDonald. #3 is Scott Kooistra

#2 Jonathan Fanene

With the 233rd overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, the Bengals selected defensive end Jonathan Fanene out of Utah.

Fanene's best season came in 2009 when he replaced defensive end Antwan Odom, who suffered an Achilles injury during week six against the Houston Texans. Starting the final ten games of the season with a career-high 36 tackles, Fanene posted six quarterback sacks which ranked second on the team -- behind Odom's team-leading eight sacks. Fanene also posted an interception return for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions after Michael Johnson batted the football in the air. Johnathan Joseph picked off a pass against the Oakland Raiders, largely thanks to a hit by Fanene on quarterback Bruce Gradkowski.

Fanene was awarded a three-year deal before the 2008 season, where he played all 16 games and recording 30 tackles. A versatile lineman capable of playing any position on the defensive line, Fanene remained on the 53-man roster his rookie season, but only on the active roster for three games. He began the 2006 season on the PUP list before joining the 53-man roster, only playing four games on the season. His career finally took off in 2007, playing 14 games and recording his first career sack against Miami on December 30.

  1. Jonathan Fanene
  2. Scott Kooistra
  3. Clinton McDonald
  4. Ethan Kilmer  
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