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Who is the Bengals all-time best 2nd round pick?


I originally was going to ask who the best 1st round overall pick was, but that was pretty obvious - Anthony Munoz.

Reasons why Munoz is the obvious choice for top 1st round pick...

+He is the only Bengals player in the HOF for his on the field dominance

+In 12 years as a starter, he accumulated 11 Pro-Bowls and 9 First Team All Pro selections

+The 9 First Team All Pro selections are more than every other Bengals' first round pick combined

OK, so on to the 2nd round....

The candidates:

Norman "Boomer" Esiason QB 1984 second round, overall #38 selection

Drafted in the days before QB's got the lovin' they get today, he was the 1st QB taken at #38 overall...in fact 8 LB's were taken before the 1st QB.

1 First Team All Pro

4 Pro Bowls

12 Years Starting

Has the most passing yards, attempts, completions, TD's and INT's of any QB drafted by the Bengals

2,969 for 5,205 ... 57% ... 37,920 yd ... 247 td ...184 int

Once led the league in QB rating, and once led the league in INT's (different years)

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Bill Bergey LB 1969 second round, overall #31

2 First Team All Pro

5 Pro Bowls

11 Years Starting

Played Middle linebacker in Cincy for 5 seasons before playing his best ball in Philly for the last 7 years of his career. He existed before the days of intricate stats for tackles and sacks, but on Pro Football Reference, he has a "career average" of 100, which is pretty much awesome. For reference, only 2 other players from the 1969 draft have a career average of 100+ and they are both in the HOF.

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Chad Johnson WR 2001 second round, overall #36 (his drafted name)

2 First Team All Pro

6 Pro Bowls

9 Years Starting

Had over 1,000 yards receiving in 7 seasons, including 5 straight years over 1,200 (was in the top 6 in each of those 5 seasons). Topped 1,400 yards receiving twice.

Led the league in receiving yardage in 2006 with 1,369

Despite the antics and showboating (which some see as a negative, but others see as a positive) he was undoubtably one of the best receivers during his run.

Was the 8th WR drafted in 2001, behind such notables as David Terrell, Koren Robinson, Rod Gardner, Santana Moss, Freddie Mitchell, Reggie Wayne, and Quincy Morgan.

For his career he has 766 receptions, 11,059 yards and 67 TD's.

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Corey Dillon RB 1997 second round, overall #43

0 First Team All Pro

4 Pro Bowls

9 Years Starting

Rushed for 1,100 yards or more in 7 of his 10 seasons, and 6 of his 7 in Cincy. Rushed for 1,300+ four times.

What makes him remarkable is that he performed so well on such terrible teams.

Was the 5th RB drafted in 1997 behind Warrick Dunn, Antowain Smith, TIki Barber and Byron Hanspard. He finished with more rushing yards and TD's than any of them.

For his career he had 11,241 yards and 82 TD's. Had 3 career games of 200+ yards, including 278 vs. Denver in 2000.

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Cris Collinsworth WR 1981 second round, overall #37

0 First Team All Pro

3 Pro Bowls

7 Years Starting

Local kid born in Dayton, Ohio he compiled four 1,000 yard seasons in the early 1980's when passing the ball was a little less prolific as it is today.

Had 417 career recptions for 6,698 yards and 36 TD's.

He was the 3rd WR drafted in 1981 behind David Verser (ouch!) and Mark Nichols (who?), and was also drafted 1 pick ahead of MIke Singletary (d'oh!)

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Tommy Cassanova DB 1972 second round, overall #29

1 First Team All Pro

3 Pro Bowls

6 Years Starting

Had 17 INT's in his short career which he ended at the age of 27, after 2 straight Pro-Bowl seasons.

A vote for him is probably more for potential than for total career production.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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