Bengals’ story of 4th-round gems bodes good for Carl Lawson …

The fourth turn of a NFL Draft has been good to a Cincinnati Bengals over a years. And, a wish is that good things will usually continue to happen.

Most of those draft-day steals have been on a defensive side of a ball, though it all started with an descent selection.

Rudi Johnson

It all began in 2001, when a Bengals drafted Rudi Johnson in a fourth turn with a 100th altogether preference in a NFL Draft.

Johnson began his Bengals career as a backup to four-time Pro Bowler Corey Dillon, though found himself in a lineup with Dillon missed many of a 2003 deteriorate with injuries. Johnson responded with 957 yards rushing and 9 touchdowns in usually 9 games and total another 146 yards on 21 receptions.

Dillon was traded to New England following a season, and Johnson picked adult in 2004 right where he had left off. He set a authorization rushing record with 1,454 yards, scored 12 touchdowns and was named to a AFC Pro Bowl.

In 2005, Johnson helped a Bengals get behind to a playoffs for a initial time in 15 years, violation his possess authorization record with 1,458 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. He also total 23 receptions for 90 yards.

Domata Peko

Domata Peko, who was drafted by a Bengals in a fourth turn of a 2006 NFL Draft, became a starter during nose tackle in his second deteriorate and remained a starter by final year.

Peko valid to be a stone on a defensive line, starting all 16 games in any of a prior 7 seasons and 9 times given 2007. He had a career-high 5 sacks in assisting a Bengals to win a AFC North climax in 2015.

Geno Atkins

Then, in 2010 a Bengals comparison Geno Atkins in a 4th turn of a NFL Draft with a 120th altogether selection, and a rest is history. Atkins, a five-time Pro-Bowler, is one of a premier defensive tackles in a National Football League, has available 23 sacks given a commencement of a 2015 deteriorate and leads all defensive tackles in that department.

The usually thing that has been means to delayed Atkins given he pennyless into a starting lineup in 2011 has been injury. Atkins suffered a ripped ACL median by a 2013 deteriorate and continued to impact his play by 2014. When healthy, however, Atkins has been among a best a NFL has to offer and is good on his approach to a symbol in a Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Carl Lawson

The 2017 NFL Draft was a home of nonetheless another 4th turn take by a Bengals. This year, Cincinnati drafted former Auburn defensive finish Carl Lawson with a 116th altogether selection, and a rough formula have been some-more than promising.

In a opening day detriment to a Ravens, Willis hold his possess in run invulnerability by singular action, and supposing a hint for a group with his mad pass-rushing. He teamed with Atkins to record a Bengals’ usually pouch of a day.

Lawson indeed saw reduction time on a margin in week two, notwithstanding an damage that had Michael Johnson examination from a sidelines. Lawson played essentially on third down as a Bengals’ designated pass rusher, and Houston’s singular faith on a pass also singular his opportunities. Still, Lawson has tied a lead joining among rookie corner rushers in quarterback pressures with 7 after a initial dual weeks.

Week 3 saw Lawson sensitively start to settle himself as one of a premier pass rushers in a league. He was on a margin for 54 of a defense’s sum of 70 snaps, and Pro Football Focus gave him a eighth-highest class among all defensive ends with an altogether symbol of 82.8. His pass rushing class was second best in a league. Lawson sacked Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers 2.5 times, a many sacks in a NFL that week. He also had 7 quarterback hurries and 10 quarterback pressures opposite a Packers, both of that were second best in a league.

But it has not usually been a 4th turn where a Bengals have found draft-day steals. Their good happening extended into a after rounds, and some of these picks have played pivotal roles in Cincinnati’s success down by a years.

Ken Riley and Lemar Parish

Cincinnati fielded one of a best cornerback tandems in a NFL in a 1970s, and they usually had to use dual late picks to do it. The Bengals drafted Ken “The Rattler” Riley in a sixth turn with a 135th altogether collect of a 1969 NFL Draft and got Lemar Parish in a seventh turn with a 163rd altogether collect of a 1970 NFL Draft.

Riley intercepted 65 passes in his career, that even now stands as a fifth many in NFL history, nonetheless he was never voted to a singular Pro Bowl. He was first-team All-Pro in his final deteriorate of 1983.

Riley is frequently mentioned as one of a Bengals who should be in a Pro Football Hall of Fame. When he retired, Riley stood fourth in a NFL in interceptions, given afterwards dropping to fifth after Rod Woodson’s retirement. Paul Krause (81), Emlen Tunnell (79), Woodson (71) and Night Train Lane (68) are a usually former players ranked forward of Riley, and all are Hall of Famers. Ronnie Lott (63) and Dick LeBeau (62) are ranked usually behind Riley in career interceptions, and both are also Hall of Famers.

Along with holding a authorization record for many interceptions (65), no actor has played some-more games in a Bengals uniform than Riley’s 207. Riley’s 9 interceptions in 1976 stood as a Bengals’ record until Deltha O’Neal posted 10 interceptions in 2006.

No Bengals actor available some-more interception lapse yards (596) or returned some-more interceptions for a touchdown (five) in a career than Riley. His franchise-record symbol of 3 interceptions in a diversion is common by Parrish, Louis Breeden, David Fulcher, O’Neal and Leon Hall. Riley and Fulcher are a usually players to do it twice. Riley returned dual interceptions for touchdowns in one season, a authorization record that was matched by Parrish, Tommy Casanova, Scott Perry and Ray Griffin.

Parrish was utterly a turn hawk in his possess right, picking off 47 passes during a march of his career while also contributing to special teams. Parrish done a Pro Bowl 8 times (six times as a Cincinnati teammate of Riley), though was an All-Pro preference once. During their 8 seasons together in Cincinnati from 1970 to 1977, a twin of Riley and Parrish total for 57 interceptions and returned 6 for touchdown.

In further to his bravery as a defensive back, Parrish was also one of a many means lapse group in Bengals’ history. Parrish scored 12 touchdowns in Cincinnati, between kickoff returns, punt returns, interception and fail returns. He led a NFL during 3 seasons with a many punt earnings for touchdowns, twice led a NFL with a many fail earnings for a touchdown and led a NFL in 1977 with a many interception earnings for a touchdown. His 24.7-yard normal on kickoff earnings is a franchise-best, as is his 18.8-yard punt lapse average.

Bob Trumpy

Bob Trumpy was comparison by a Bengals in a 12th turn of a 1968 Common Day Draft with a 301st altogether pick. Trumpy warranted a starting parsimonious finish symbol in his rookie deteriorate and finished with 37 receptions for 639 yards and 3 touchdowns. His opening warranted him a symbol on a AFL Western Division All-Star team.

In 1969, Trumpy was comparison by The Sporting News as a AFL’s All-League parsimonious end. The following year, with a Bengals now a partial of a National Football League following a AFL-NFL merger, Trumpy had a best deteriorate of his career, throwing 37 passes for 835 yards (a authorization record 22.6 yards per locate average) and 9 touchdowns. In a diversion opposite a Houston Oilers, Trumpy became a initial Bengals parsimonious finish to record 3 touchdowns receiving in a singular game.

Trumpy continued to play for a Bengals until 1977, earning trips to a Pro Bowl in 1970 and 1973. He finished his 10-year career with 298 receptions for 4,600 yards and 35 touchdowns in 128 games. His 4,600 receiving yards, 35 touchdown receptions, and 15.4 yards per locate normal are a many ever by a Bengals parsimonious end.

Pat McInally

Pat McInally, a punter, was comparison by a Bengals in a fifth turn of a 1975 NFL Draft. McInally, a connoisseur of Harvard, was a usually actor ever to measure a ideal 50 on a Wonderlic test. He was a Bengals punter from 1976 to 1985, and was also a far-reaching receiver during a initial half of his career.

McInally led a joining in net yards per punt in 1977 with an normal of 36.4, and in punting normal in 1978 with an normal of 43.1. He also led a joining in punting normal in 1981 during 45.4 yards per punt.

Max Montoya

Max Montoya was drafted by a Bengals in a 7th turn with a 168th altogether collect of a 1979 NFL Draft. He was a four-time Pro Bowl ensure who played in dual Super Bowls. He played 11 seasons for a Bengals, from 1979 to 1989, and became a starter in his second season.

Tim Krumrie

Tim Krumrie was comparison by a Bengals in a 10th turn of a 1983 NFL Draft. He was comparison to a Pro Bowltwice, in 1987 and 1988, and led a Bengals to one Super Bowl appearance. Krumrie finished his career with 1,017 tackles (700 solos), 11 forced fumbles, 34 sacks and 13 fail recoveries. At a time of his retirement, his 34 sacks were a fourth top in authorization history.

Krumrie suffered a damaged leg during Super Bowl XXIII in a diversion opposite a 49ers and played 6 some-more years for a Bengals after that. He led a group with 97 tackles in 1992 and resolved his personification career following a 1994 campaign.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh

The Bengals drafted Houshmandzadeh in a seventh turn with a 204th altogether preference in a 2001 NFL Draft. Houshmandzadeh did not make many of an impact with Cincinnati until a 2004 deteriorate when he available 73 receptions for 978 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Early in 2005, Houshmandzadeh suffered an damage to his right palm that singular him to 14 games. Still, he pulled in 78 receptions for 956 yards and 7 touchdowns. In 2006, he battled a repeated teenager feet damage that kept him out of a initial dual games of a unchanging season. Nevertheless, he finished with 90 receptions for 1,081 yards and 9 touchdowns to lead all Bengals receivers.

Houshmandzadeh finished a 2007 deteriorate with a authorization record 112 receptions for 1,143 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 112 catches tied him with Wes Welker for a many in a NFL. He was also comparison to a Pro Bowl for a initial time in his career. In 2008, his final with a Bengals. Houshmandzadeh had 92 catches for 904 yards and 4 touchdowns. He now sits eighth on a Bengals’ career receptions list.

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