A few weeks back we updated the Bengals Futility - By the Numbers statistics to reflect the Bengals 4-12 record and failure to again make the playoffs. A reader emailed us some amazing stats regarding the Bengals Draft.
You may recall the Bengals press conference to announce Marvin's resigning, where Mikey used an incredibly convoluted stats to defend the player personnel and scouting departments: “The scouting thing is another criticism that rises up when we don’t do well. If you look at our record on scouting over the last 10 years, we rank 10th for the number of games played by players we drafted. I think we sank to 11th on the number of players who are in the league that we drafted, and we would be higher than that except for injuries that were serious that players like (David) Pollack suffered, or Chris Perry, or what happened with (Odell) Thurman, or what happened to Chris Henry. We had a number of those. It was disproportionate. I don’t apologize for our scouting. It’s an easy target, but if you look at the real facts, I think you’ll see it differently.”
So, Mike asked us to "look at the real facts," and here are a few regarding Bengals draft picks and the Pro Bowl:
- The Bengals have never had a draft pick make the Pro Bowl on Defense. They have had one player drafted on Defense make the Pro Bowl, but Tremain Mack made the Pro Bowl as a Kick Returner.
- Starting with the 1991 draft, the Bengals have drafted 7 players that have made the Pro Bowl with the Bengals. Some players have made the Pro Bowl with other teams, like Takeo Spikes and shockingly Justin Smith, but only 7 were with the Bengals.
- The last drafted Pro Bowl player is Carson Palmer.
In 16 of 20 drafts, the Bengals drafted zero Pro Bowlers.
- Only Chad Johnson has gone to more than 4 Pro Bowls.
On the other hand, the Ravens started as a franchise in 1996, and they have drafted 14 Pro Bowl players and 8 First Team All Pro players.