5 Biggest NFL Draft Blunders in Cincinnati Bengals History

5 Biggest NFL Draft Blunders In Cincinnati Bengals History

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The Cincinnati Bengals have had a history of bad luck draft picks over the years, and this short list proves that the name Bengals' Bungles fits perfectly.

5. DB Rickey Dixon 5th overall- 1988

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5. DB Rickey Dixon 5th overall- 1988

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Dixon played from 1988-92 for Cincinnati and was a heralded member of the Oklahoma Sooners. He won two national championships, was an All-American and won the Jim Thorpe Award. His NFL Career never lived up to expectations. Dixon only recorded six interceptions and mostly played special teams during his time with the Bengals.

4. WR Peter Warrick 4th overall- 2000

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4. WR Peter Warrick 4th overall- 2000

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The two-time All-American from Florida State was selected No. 4 overall by the Bengals. He was a fast wideout who could burn defensive backs, but Warrick failed to put up the statistics a top pick should produce. He had just 275 receptions for 2,991 yards and 18 touchdowns in his five seasons for Cincinnati.

3. RB Chris Perry 26th overall- 2004

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3. RB Chris Perry 26th overall- 2004

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Perry was a standout RB for Michigan, receiving All-American and All-Big Ten honors. He also won the Doak Walker Award and The Jim Brown Trophy. He was the 26th selection in the 2004 NFL Draft and never broke out for the Bengals. His lackluster career ended after five short seasons while only rushing for 606 yards and two touchdowns.

2. QB David Klingler 6th overall- 1992

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2. QB David Klingler 6th overall- 1992

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A product of the run and shoot offense at Houston, Klingler was labeled as a top quarterback prospect in the 1992 NFL Draft. He never lived up to his No. 6 overall status, however, as Klingler only played four seasons (1992-95) for the Bengals, throwing more interceptions (22) than touchdowns (16).

1. QB Akili Smith 3rd overall- 1999

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1. QB Akili Smith 3rd overall- 1999

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The Bengals have not had luck with first round quarterback selections, and Akili Smith could be their worst. The former Oregon signal caller went on to play from 1999-2002 for Cincinnati and put together a 46.6 completion percentage with a 5-13 TD-INT ratio.


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