For those who suffered thru Mike Brown’s seemingly intended path of destroying the Bengals during the 1990’s grew accustomed to watching the team make a high draft pick during the NFL draft. Typically, just about any prospect was fair game to be considered as a future Bengal.
Of course, Mike Brown would usually skip the elite prospects in favor of the Akili Smith’s and Peter Warrick’s of the world, but the possibility to dream was there.
Fast forward to the 2010’s Bengals who have has made it to 3 straight playoffs, and 4 post season berths out of 5 seasons. The current Bengals rarely have a pick in the top 20.
Most of the elite prospect who get the most fanfare and attention are long gone by the time the Bengals are selecting these days. Does that lessen your interest, knowing that the Bengals are never the running for an Andrew Luck / Earl Thomas / Joe Haden / Luke Kuechly type?
For example, a team like the Browns always get to make high draft picks. And with the constant turnover of owners and managers, there’s always an unknown element of excitement regarding what the team will do – such as take yet another QB to fill Bernie Kosar’s shoes.
But as Bengals’ fans, we don’t get to partake in any such discussion revolving around the top 5 prospects year after year any more...