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 I look back at the first round of the 2006 Bengals draft. The Bengals have finally turned the corner, or so it seemed at the time. The excitement of the first playoff berth in 14 seasons was tempered with the horrific injury to Carson Palmer in the first round of the playoffs, and our rival Steelers won the Super Bowl. There was optimism in the Queen City, but the gambles the team took with character began to bite them repeatedly. The rest, as they say, is history…
Round 1: Jonathan Joseph, CB, South Carolina. Joseph came into the league quietly, but when free agency finally begins this offseason he will likely exit the team as one of the top available free agents at cornerback. Joseph has always had great top end speed, but over the past few seasons he has developed great coverage and ball skills and has totaled 14 career picks and three touchdowns. The Bengals tendered him as a restricted free agent just in case free agency follows the same 6 year rule as last season, but more than likely it will be four seasons as it was before the owners opted out of the CBA, which would make him an unrestricted free agent. He has shown to be a bit prone to injury, but when healthy he is a solid cover corner.
Other options: Former Steelers WR and Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes was the following pick, and Pro Bowl RB DeAngelo Williams and center Nick Mangold were a few picks after.
Who Dey? Nobody!