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Cincinnati Bengals draft well every year; players stick to roster

Bengals draft picks stick in NFL:

On the final day of the 2018 regular season, there were 44 players on active NFL rosters who entered the NFL as draft picks of the Bengals. That total counts as the second-most of any NFL team, behind the Baltimore Ravens (54). Cincinnati had been in the top spot prior Week 12, and earlier in the season it had a double-digit lead over the second-place team. But a slew of injuries that landed 18 Bengals — 13 of which originated as Bengals draft picks — on Reserve/Injured brought that number down significantly. Of the 53 players on the Bengals’ active roster for the season finale at Pittsburgh, 41 entered the NFL with Cincinnati, and of those players, only DE Michael Johnson, TE Matt Lengel and OT Andre Smith had played elsewhere. Johnson, a 2009 third-round pick of the Bengals, spent 2014 with Tampa Bay before rejoining Cincinnati as a free agent in ’15. Lengel, a 2015 college free agent signee of the Bengals, spent time with New England and Cleveland in ’16 and ’17 before re-joining Cincinnati prior to Week 6 in ’18. And Smith, a 2009 first-round pick of the Bengals, spent ’16 with Minnesota and the first 11 games of ’18 with Arizona. He re-joined the Bengals as a free agent on Nov. 29, 2018, after injuries hit the Bengals’ offensive line. Twenty-nine players on the Bengals’ roster for the 2018 season finale originated as draft picks of Cincinnati. That total includes six first-round picks (including Smith), four second-rounders, five third-rounders (including Johnson), five fourth-rounders, five fifth-rounders, two sixth-rounders and two seventhrounders. There are also 12 players (including Lengel) who entered the NFL as college free agent signees of Cincinnati. It should also be noted that 16 of the 18 players on the Bengals’ Reserve/Injured list entered the NFL with Cincinnati (13 draft picks, three CFAs). Players on reserve lists do not count toward a team’s active roster. Here’s a look at the teams with the most draft picks on an active NFL roster for Week 17 games in 2018.

TEAM DRAFT PICKS ON NFL ROSTERS

Baltimore Ravens***************54

Cincinnati Bengals**************44

New England Patriots***********43

LA Rams*************************43

Dallas Cowboys*******************42

 

FROM MEDIA NOTES; COURTESY BENGALS MEDIA RELATIONS