Tag:Dan Wilkinson
Posted on: April 24, 2011 9:27 pm

Bengals early 1st round picks have not gone well

J. Smith has played very well the past two years, but it's been for San Francisco (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Nobody makes more top-five selections in the NFL draft than do the Bengals. As the Cincinnati Enquirer points out, next week will the eighth time in the Mike Brown era (since 1991) that Cincinnati has had a first-round pick that high – and it’s the most in the NFL.

And although Brown apparently feels the club’s draft strategy is sound (unbelievably, he said a few months back, “I don’t apologize for our scouting. It’s an easy target. But if you look at the real facts, you’ll see it different.”), those early first-round picks have produced many more losers than winners.

Here is the good:

Carson Palmer – No. 1 in 2003: Palmer, at one point, was a top-10 quarterback (maybe even a top-five for a short time). The past couple seasons have been brutal for him, and he’s said he’d rather retire than play another game for the Bengals. But still, I think this was a good pick.

And here is the bad:

John Copeland – No. 5 in 1993: He wasn’t a bad defensive lineman, and in 1995, he recorded nine sacks. But you expect more from a No. 5 pick than he could give.

Dan Wilkinson – No. 1 in 1994: With Wilkinson and Copeland in the lineup, the Bengals could have expected their defensive line to be a strength for the next several seasons. And if Wilkinson hadn’t gone No. 1, he would have had  what we consider to be a pretty good career in Cincinnati. But he’s also a good reminder that it’s not usually a great idea to pick a defensive player No. 1 overall.

Ki-jana Carter – No. 1 in 1995: Ugh, his name is not remembered fondly in Cincinnati after tearing his ACL in the third snap of his first preseason game.

Akili Smith – No. 3 in 1999: You know what really made this pick suck for the Bengals? The Saints, in a crazy effort to select Ricky Williams, offered Cincinnati nine (!) draft picks in order to take the Bengals spot in the draft. The Bengals refused. Brutal.

Peter Warrick – No. 4 in 2000: You know what Warrick is doing these days after a non-productive NFL career? Last I heard, he was playing for the Cincinnati Commandoes indoor team.

Justin Smith – No. 4 in 2001: Smith is coming off the two best seasons of his career. Unfortunately for the Bengals, he plays for the 49ers now.

Next Thursday, the Bengals hold the No. 4 pick, and optimism (or is that trepidation?), like every year, runs rampant in Cincinnati. History, though, indicates they probably won’t make the right selection. Another Carson Palmer? Not likely.

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Posted on: December 28, 2010 1:29 pm

If not (Andrew) Luck, then who?

What happens if Stanford QB Andrew Luck returns to school next year (Getty)? Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King wrote in his MMQB this week that he’s hearing Stanford QB Andrew Luck is thinking about returning to college for another season and not becoming the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s NFL Draft.

Which would be a brutal blow for the Panthers (but, now that I think about it, a great twist for Jimmy Clausen).

That said, if Luck doesn’t come out for the 2011 Draft, who are some of the top candidates? The Charlotte Observer’s Joe Person has some ideas. Here’s his list (click on his link to see their pros and cons):

-Auburn DT Nick Fairley

-Clemson DE Da’Quan Bowers

-Georgia WR A.J. Green

-LSU CB Patrick Peterson

-Auburn QB Cam Newton

And our friends at the CBSSports.com College Football Blog bring up another name in Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara.

Some food for thought: QBs (Matthew Stafford and Sam Bradford) have been taken No. 1 in the past two Drafts and in 10 of the past 13 years. A WR hasn’t been taken No. 1 since the Jets grabbed Keyshawn Johnson in 1996. Dan Wilkinson was the last DT to go No. 1, and that occurred in 1994.

And for what it’s worth (and though Peterson and Amukamara won’t like to hear this), a cornerback has never been picked No. 1. And this thing has been going on since 1936.

Instead, perhaps Carolina should heed the advice of our fellow CBSSports.com bloggers: if Luck stays in school, perhaps the Panthers should avoid the heartache and simply trade down their pick.

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