The 10 best draft choices by the Bengals since 2000

A.J. Green was named a Pro Bowler in each of his first seven seasons. [Image Source: Flickr | Navin75]
A.J. Green was named a Pro Bowler in each of his first seven seasons. [Image Source: Flickr | Navin75]

Geno Atkins and A.J. Green are currently still performing at a high level for the Bengals.

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After looking at the best recent draft picks for teams that currently occupy the first ten selections of April’s draft, it’s time to look at the Bengals who have the 11th pick. Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports has them selecting quarterback Dwayne Haskins out of Ohio State with that pick in his latest mock draft.

Cincinnati made the playoffs five straight seasons from 2011-2015, due in part to some draft choices who played a vital role. Some of the players who helped them earn a trip to the postseason are featured on the list.

Note: Only time with the Bengals is considered for the list. Where they were drafted makes a difference - meaning this isn’t exactly a top-ten players drafted by Cincinnati since 2000 list. Players like Joe Mixon and Tyler Boyd are in need of another good season or two before earning a spot. Some late-round picks who didn’t quite make the list but had solid careers with the team include Robert Geathers (fourth round, 2004), Nedu Ndukwe (seventh round, 2007), Clint Boling (fourth round, 2011), Marvin Jones (fifth round, 2012), George Iloka (fifth round, 2012), and Russell Bodine (fourth round, 2014).

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Geno Atkins, DT - 4th round, 120th overall (2010); time with Bengals: 2010-present

Seven Pro Bowls and two First Team All-Pro appearances is fairly impressive for a former fourth round pick. One of the best interior line pass rushers, Atkins has accumulated 71 sacks thus far.

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A.J. Green, WR - 1st round, 4th overall (2011); time with Bengals: 2011-present

Green earned a trip to the Pro Bowl in each of his first seven seasons. His impressive career numbers consist of 602 catches for 8,907 yards and 63 touchdowns. He recently welcomed a new baby boy to the world according to Local 12 Cincinnati.

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