Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz headlines best draft picks for Bengals

Anthony Munoz was selected to 11 Pro Bowls in his 13 seasons with the Bengals. George Gojkovich/Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bengals have selected 618 players in their 50-year history. Here’s a look at the best draft picks by position for the Bengals:


Quarterback: Ken Anderson, third round, 1971, Augustana. A case certainly could be made for Boomer Esiason here, but the value they got out of Anderson is hard to beat. Anderson played for the Bengals from 1971-86 and took them to their first Super Bowl. He was named MVP and first-team All-Pro in 1981 in addition to leading the league in passing twice. Anderson still holds Bengals records for passing yards, touchdowns, attempts and completions. He is considered one of the best players never to make the Hall of Fame.

Running back: Corey Dillon, second round, 1997, Washington. Dillon had an excellent rookie season, rushing for 1,129 yards and 10 touchdowns. He broke Jim Brown's single-game rookie record after rushing for 246 yards and four touchdowns against the Titans. Dillon had the misfortune of being on several bad Bengals teams, but still rushed for more than 1,000 yards six times in his seven seasons. He eventually was traded to the Patriots, where he led the league in rushing in 2004. He remains the Bengals' franchise rushing leader.

Wide receiver: A.J. Green, first round, 2011, Georgia. One could make the argument for Chad Johnson here, and it would be a good one, as Johnson is the franchise leader in receiving yards and touchdowns and remains one of the most popular Bengals of all time. However, Green has started his career off on record pace, starting his first five seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards before a hamstring injury cut his 2016 season short. Johnson has the fanfare and the accomplishments, but Green, a six-time Pro Bowler, has already made his case for this spot before his 30th birthday.

Tight end: Bob Trumpy, 12th round, 1968, Utah. Trumpy played in an era when teams passed less and tight ends were primarily expected to block. His numbers still could stack up to modern tight ends. Trumpy caught 298 passes for 4,600 yards and 35 touchdowns during his 10 seasons with the Bengals. He still leads all Bengals tight ends in career receiving yards and touchdowns. Not bad for a 12th-round pick.

Tackle: Anthony Munoz, first round, 1980, USC. Munoz was Cincinnati’s anchor at left tackle from 1980-92, immediately earning the starting job. He would go on to make 11 Pro Bowls and be named AP first-team All-Pro nine times. He is considered one of the greatest linemen of all time and is the only Pro Football Hall of Fame selection to have spent the majority of his career in Cincinnati.

Guard: Max Montoya, seventh round, 1979, UCLA. Montoya came along just one year before Munoz, and became part of a gritty offensive line that went sleeveless during the infamous 1981 AFC Championship Game, now known as the "Freezer Bowl," to earn the franchise its first Super Bowl bid.

Center: Bob Johnson, first round, 1968, Tennessee. Johnson was the first player ever selected by the Bengals and the only player to have his number retired. Johnson spent 11 seasons with the Bengals before retiring, but briefly came out of retirement in 1979 to help them out at long-snapper due to injury.


End: Eddie Edwards, first round, 1977, Miami. Justin Smith is another potential option here, but he never had an All-Pro season until he left the Bengals. Edwards played 11 seasons for the Bengals and retired as the franchise sack leader with 47.5, which stood until Carlos Dunlap passed him in 2015. However, because sacks were not an official statistic until 1982, that number is on the low side. The Bengals actually credit Edwards with 87.5 sacks.

Tackle: Tim Krumrie, 10th round, 1983, Wisconsin. In a few years, Geno Atkins might hold this distinction, but for now, it's Krumrie. Known as one of the toughest Bengals of all time, Krumrie broke his leg in four places during Super Bowl XXIII, but refused to leave the locker room until persuaded by doctors. He missed only four games during his entire 12-year tenure with the Bengals, during which time he amassed 34.5 sacks.

Linebacker: Reggie Williams, third round, 1976, Dartmouth. Williams was a starter in both of the Bengals’ Super Bowl appearances. He spent 14 seasons with the Bengals, playing in 206 games and finishing with 16 interceptions, 23 fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and 41 sacks.

Cornerback: Ken Riley, sixth round, 1969, Florida A&M. Riley’s 65 career interceptions is tied with Charles Woodson for fifth all time in NFL history. The four players who top that list are in the Hall of Fame, with Woodson likely to follow once he’s eligible. Riley was never named to a Pro Bowl, but he had exceptional longevity, playing for 15 seasons and recording 13 interceptions at age 35 and 36, three of which went for touchdowns. He earned his only first-team All-Pro selection in his final season.

Safety: David Fulcher, third round, 1986, Arizona State. Fulcher had 31 interceptions (two for touchdowns) and nine fumble recoveries during his seven seasons in Cincinnati. He was selected to three Pro Bowls during his career and was a starter during the Bengals' last Super Bowl appearance.


Kicker: Doug Pelfrey, eighth round, 1993, Kentucky. Shayne Graham, Jim Breech and Mike Nugent weren’t drafted by the Bengals, leaving limited options here. Pelfrey was with the Bengals for seven seasons, making 77.3 percent of his kicks and 97 percent of his extra points.

Punter: Kevin Huber, fifth round, 2009, Cincinnati. Huber has been extremely consistent, missing only two games in his career after he suffered a broken jaw during Week 15 of the 2013 season. Huber has averaged at least 44 yards per punt since the 2011 season and made his first Pro Bowl in 2014. His career average of 45 yards per punt is the best in Bengals history and his 75-yard punt is tied for the longest in Bengals history.