No. 17: Bengals' best draft class

ESPN Stats and Information has ranked all NFL players drafted in the modern draft (1967-2008) based on their performance during their NFL careers, regardless of how they fared with the team that drafted them. Insider will count down each team's best draft class (seeded 1-32), then conduct a tournament to determine the best class of all time.

For a short explanation of the ranking system, click here, or for a more detailed rundown of how the system was developed, click here.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have proven to be adequate drafters, according to ESPN Stats and Information's ranking system. They have drafted more Pro Bowlers than the Packers, Vikings, Bears and Giants.

However, the Bengals' success in the draft could be the result of having received so many high draft picks. Cincinnati has drafted in the Top 10 23 times, the most of any franchise.

Their drafts haven't been as good lately. All seven of the Bengals' top draft classes came before 1985.

The Bengals' 1980 draft class, in which they drafted Anthony Munoz, is the best, according to our rankings.