Here is a little fun fact which I can't prove but I am going to guess is true. Since Marvin took over in 2003, the Bengals lead the league in draft busts who were immediately followed in the same draft by pro bowl players at the same exact position. Let's take a look:
2004: Chris Perry(26) over Steven Jackson (24)
Although C Perry was technically drafted after S Jax, that is because we traded back
A disaster of a decision from which we are still suffering (R Johnson>C Benson>BJGE>?)
2007 Rd 4 Marvin White (114) over Dashon Gholdson (126)
Marvin White was last seen working at Burger King while D Gholdson is about to hit the jackpot with some team, maybe even the Bengals.
2008 Rd 1: Keith Rivers (9) over Jared Mayo (10)
still don't get how you can blow a top 10 pick so badly, although it happens all the time, not just to the bengals, but still, what a waste
great scouting! On the bright side taking D Jax here probably would have prevented the T Owens/ Ocho experiment, which might have prevented our 2010 season from being such a disaster, which might have prevented us from drafting high enough to get AJ, so there is that!
Briscoe didn't even make the team, while In 2011 Brown became the first player in NFL history to have more than 1,000 yards receiving and returning in the same year
2011 Rd 2 Andy Dalton (35) over Colin Kirkpatrick (36)
Granted Dalton hasn't been a total bust (although in my opinion he is not the answer ) and Kirkpatrick hasn't made any pro bowls, but no matter what you think of Dalton at this point I think everyone would do this one over.