In the coming weeks leading up to the April 28th NFL Draft, I will be taking a look at past Bengals drafts during the Marvin Lewis era. Today’s look back into the 20-20 hindsight of history is Marvin’s first draft, with the second and third round picks. In 2003, the Bengals has just fired Dick LeBeau after a club worst 2-14 disaster. Lewis was hired after having served as Defensive Coordinator for the Washington Redskins. The rest, as they say, is history…
Round 2: Eric Steinback, G, Iowa. Though Steinbach did give up the hit by Steelers DE Kimo Von Oelhoffen that injured Palmer in the 2005 playoffs, he was a solid starter at guard that could play tackle and center when needed. Steinback left as a free agent in 2007 and signed with the Browns.
Other options: John Stinchcomb, a 2009 Pro Bowl tackle for the Saints, was picked 4 spots later.
Round 3: Kelley Washington, WR, Tennessee. Washington played with the Bengals until 2006 and was mainly known for doing the Squirrel dance. He was largely a bust, but I did manage to get his autograph at training camp by yelling ‘Go Vols’. Little did he know, I am a UK grad and I HATE the Vols. I was glad to see the back of him when he left.
Other options: Pro Bowl LB Lance Briggs and Pro Bowl TE Jason Witten were taken three and four picks later.