The Bengals Pipeline: From Georgia to Cincinnati

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The Bengals Pipeline: From Georgia to Cincinnati
Photo courtesy of GeorgiaDogs.com

One of the novelties of the NFL is that occasionally the small school player emerges to make a huge impact.

Jerry Rice out of Mississippi Valley State.

Terrell Owens out of Chattanooga.

Ray Rice out of Rutgers (before Greg Schiano turned the program all the way around).

The Bengals have found a few gems from small schools in recent years but, more often, the powerhouse schools are represented most fully on NFL rosters: Southern Cal, Florida, Texas, Tennessee.

And then there's Georgia

There's something about the boys that play in the red clay that just works at the next level in Cincinnati. Since head coach Marvin Lewis came to Cincinnati in 2003, the Bengals have drafted a total of 91 players (excluding the 2013 class who has yet to see the field; 2013 had 10 draft picks). Of those draft picks, 19 of them never saw the field during a regular-season game as a Bengal. Either they were cut during training camp, battled injuries or simply weren't good enough to make it at the next level. 

Of the remaining 72 players that were drafted since 2003 and played a game in a Bengals uniform, seven are former Georgia Bulldogs: Robert Geathers, Odell Thurman, David Pollack, Clint Boling, Geno Atkins, A.J. Green and Orson Charles. It should also be noted that backup tackle Dennis Roland is also a Georgia product although he wasn't drafted by Cincinnati.

Seven out of 72 isn't that impressive—just under 10 percent. However, if we look at the impact of those specific seven players, we see that the Bengals front office might be on to something. Those seven players have started in 76 percent of the games they've played in. 

Here's a look at the history of Bulldogs in Cincinnati during the Marvin Lewis era. 

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