Bengals First 40 Players

     Pat Matson play with Bengals longer than any other player that came out of expansion draft 1968 to 1974
Played 2 years with Denver before being drafted away from them. Finish career with Green Bay 1975.


Home 68 Rookie
Only 15 of 40 expansion players made the team. The Players that made the opening day roster has a * next to name.
                                                                                Allocation Draft 1968
Dan Archer G-T *                        Oregon Estes Banks RB  *                         Colorado
Joe Bellino  FL                            Navy Jim Boudreaux  T                          La.Tech
Dan Brabham  LB                       Arkansas Soloman Brannan  DB                  Mor. Brown
Bill Brown T                                Tex. El Paso Gary Bugenhagen  G                     Syracuse
Frank Buncom   LB *                     USC  Chris Burford  E                            Stanford
Bobby Burnett  RB                       Arkansas J.D. Garrett  RB                             Grambling
White Graves  DB *                       LSU Jim Griffin DE *                                Grambling
Ron Hall DB                                 Mo. Valley Sherrill Headrick LB  *                     TCU
Bobby Hunt  DB *                          Auburn Joe Bob Isbell G                             Houston 
Nate Johns RB                              S.D. State Willie Jones DE *                              Kansas
Mike Kellogg  RB                          Santa Clara Charley King DB  *                           Purdue
Frank Marsh  RB                           Oregon St John Matlock C  *                             Miami Fl 
Pat Matson G   *                              Oregon Pete Perreault G                               Boston U 
Bob Poole TE                                 Clemson Al Reynold G                                   Tarkio St
Andy Rice DT  *                               Tex. South Bob Schmidt T                                 Minn.
Rod Sherman FL *                            USC Richard Sligh DT                              N. Carolina 
Fletcher Smith DB*                            Tenn. A.&T Henry Sorrell LB                              Chattan
Jim Waskiewicz C-DT                      Wichita St Lonnie Wright DB                             Colorado st
Ernie Wright T *                                 Ohio St  Rich Zecher DT                                 Utah St
Dick Van Raaphorst K                        Ohio St
Below are other free agents that signed in 1968
Bill Bailey  RB                                    Cincinnati
Cookie Gilchrist RB                             none
The forty above are from expansion draft
Mickey Bitsko LB                              Dayton
Bob Petrich DE                                 W. Tex. St. John Stofa    QB                                 Buffalo 
Andre White TE                                 Florida A&M

Where The Bengals Came From

  The Veteran draft was held in Jacksonville Fl. January 15-16 1967. The Bengals selected five players from each AFL team with the exception of Miami who had just become an expansion team 2 years earlier. Here is a list of the players from each team.

BOSTON  Bellino, Boudreaux, Garrett, Graves, and Hall

BUFFALO Bugenhagen, Burnett, King, Schmidt, and Zecher

DENVER Gilchrist, Kellogg, Matson, Sorrell, and L. Wright

HOUSTON Brabham, Isbell, Jones, Poole,and Rice

KANSAS CITY Burford, Headrick, Hunt, Reynolds, and Smith

NEW YORK  Brannan, Brown, Matlock, Perreault, and Waskiewicz

OAKLAND  Archer, Banks, Johns, Sherman, And Sligh

SAN DIEGO  Buncom, Griffin, Marsh, Van Raaphorst, and E. Wright