The 2020 NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 23 and the Bengals for the fourth time in the team's history have the No. 1 overall pick.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic will significantly alter how selections are made. Team presidents, general managers and other team officials are usually huddled together in a war room at the team's facility for the draft, but this year they'll be drafting remotely.
While the selection making process might be different, the importance of the draft remains the same.
The Bengals will embark on its 53rd NFL Draft and this will be the 20th covered on Bengals.com. With that in mind, here are some other fun facts and figures from the Bengals' draft history.
- 2 – During the 2010s, the number of times the Bengals made a draft pick in the Top 10. Those two picks were both wide receivers: A.J. Green (2011, No. 4 overall) and John Ross (2017, No. 9 overall).
- 3 – Number of times the Bengals have selected No. 1 overall. The picks were quarterback Carson Palmer (2003), running back Ki-Jana Carter (1995) and defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson (1994).
- 5 – Number of quarterbacks the Bengals have selected in the first round.
- 37 – Quarterbacks taken all-time in franchise history.
- 63 – Total number of first round picks the Bengals have made in team history.
- 15 - Number of times the team has picked in the Top 5. The best of those Top 5 picks to date has been USC tackle Anthony Munoz, who made 11 Pro Bowls and is a member of the Hall of Fame.
- 3 – Consecutive seasons the Bengals have selected an offensive player in the first round.
- 11 - The most draft picks the Bengals made since 1994 when the draft was reduced to seven rounds. Those 11 picks were made in the 2004 NFL Draft.
- 16 – Number of Pro Bowlers the Bengals have drafted since 1991.
- 43 - Players on NFL rosters who entered the NFL as draft picks of the Bengals, four shy of Baltimore and New England (both 47) for the most of any team in the NFL.
- 29 - Of the Bengals' draft picks on their 2019 roster, four were first-round picks, six were second-rounders, four were third-rounders, five were fourth-rounders, four were fifth-rounders, two were sixth-rounders and two were seventh-rounders.
- 1968 – Year of the Bengals' first draft. The team selected center Bob, taken second overall in the 1968 NFL Draft. He played 12 seasons with the Bengals and his No. 54 is the only number retired by the franchise.
- 11 - Bengals draft picks that have played at least 200 NFL games. Three of those players came in the 2006 draft - defensive back Johnathan Joseph, offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth and defensive tackle Domata Peko.
- 5 – Number of players the Bengals have selected in the Supplemental Draft. Two of those five picks were quarterbacks - Clint Longley (1974) and Wayne Peace (1984).
- 1980 – The first year the NFL Draft was televised.
- 2020 – The first year the NFL will host an all-virtual draft.
Bengals Pre-Draft Party
The party kicks off Thursday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET and streams live on Bengals.com and all Bengals social media platforms. Fans can also tune-in to Local 12 in Cincinnati, WKEF in Dayton and Fox 56 in Lexington for the 30 minute party leading up to the NFL Draft at 8 p.m.
How To Watch The 2020 NFL Draft
Live coverage of the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft starts on Thursday, April 23 at 8 p.m. ET. The draft continues on Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m. ET for the second and third rounds, and then again on Saturday, April 25 at noon ET for the final rounds.
This year's draft will be broadcast by ABC, ESPN and NFL Network. Due to the circumstances surrounding the event, the stations will work together to broadcast the event.
All seven rounds of the three-day event will air live on broadcast TV.
You can also stream the draft on the WatchESPN app or the NFL Mobile app (or ESPN.com or NFL.com).