The Bengals now have 11 picks in next month's draft after receiving the maximum four compensatory picks Monday and the extra third-rounder gives them five picks in the first 106 selections.
The Bengals and the Titans led the way with four, with Cincinnati picking up a third-rounder that is the 98th pick, a sixth that is the 209th, and two seventh-rounders that are the 249th and 252nd picks.
Those mid-to-late-round picks could end up being great players.
Houshmandzadeh, the club's third all-time receiver, was the 204th pick in 2001. Long-time long snapper Brad St. Louis was 210th in 2000 and safety Ethan Kilmer was 209th in 2006 before injuries ended his Bengals career.
Starting safety Chinedum Ndukwe was 253rd in 2007.
The 98th pick is definitely a great one to have; let's see who has been picked up in that area of the NFL draft.
Joe Theismann, Miami Dolphins 99th pick in 1971.
Mark Bavarro, New York Giants 100th pick in 1985.
Charles Haley, San Francisco 49ers 96th pick in 1986.
Rich Gannon, New England Patriots 98th pick in 1987.
Derrick Mason, Tennessee Titans 98th pick in 1997.
Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals 100th pick in 2001.
The Bengals last year drafted Andre Caldwell with the 97th pick in the draft, and we are hoping he steps up this year.
So that 98th pick could prove to be very important.
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