The Bengals’ 27-10 win against the Ravens on Sunday dropped the Bengals from the No. 8 spot in April’s NFL Draft to No. 9.
Cincinnati entered the day 5-9-1 while Carolina was 6-9. The Bengals won to improve to 6-9-1 while the Panthers lost to Tampa Bay to fall to 6-10.
It’s the highest the Bengals have been slotted since they drafted A.J. Green fourth overall in 2011 after finishing 4-12 in 2010.
The last five players to be drafted ninth overall are linebacker Leonard Floyd (Bears, 2016), guard Ereck Flowers (Giants, 2015), linebacker Anthony Barr (Vikings, 2014), cornerback Dee Milliner (Jets, 2013) and linebacker Luke Kuechly (Panthers, 2012).
The last time the Bengals picked ninth was 2008 when they selected linebacker Keith Rivers.
The Cleveland Browns (1-15) clinched the No. 1 overall pick with their overtime loss at Pittsburgh. The Browns also pick 12th in the first round.
The Ravens have the 16th pick. The top 20 picks are set .