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The Cincinnati Bengals were a prolific scoring offense in 2006, but had one of the worst defenses in the league, so they drafted cornerback Johnathan Joseph with their first pick. This was one of the most succesful drafts in recent team history because it also gave Cincinnati Pro Bowler Andrew Whitworth, Frostee Rucker and Domata Peko.
Joseph was young and had an ego, but he became a shutdown corner for the defense. Making big tackles as well as interceptions, Joseph played consistently well for Cincinnati, and it didn’t go unnoticed.
Unfortunately in 2011, he became a free agent and Houston signed him to a five-year deal worth $48.75 million. In his two seasons with the Houston Texans, Joseph has made it to the Pro Bowl twice. The Bengals hope that Dre Kirkpatrick can fill that void his role.