5. Carl Pickens
Carl Pickens was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round (31st overall) in the 1992 NFL Draft. That year, he was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. His best season came in 1995 when he had 99 receptions and 17 touchdowns. He also caught at least one touchdown pass in 10 consecutive games that season. In 1996, Pickens became the first Bengal to have 100 receptions.
Pickens is remembered for his great leaping ability. When the Bengals were near the goal line, the “jump ball” throw to Pickens in the corner of the endzone was nearly unstoppable. He is also known for the “Carl Pickens Clause”. The Bengals created a clause for Pickens’ contract which would cause him to forfeit all or some of his signing bonus if he insulted the organization in public.