Draft Status of Super Bowl Starters for 2021 Season

By Chris Malumphy

Super Bowl teams are built in many ways. A first step in any analysis checks to see if a Super Bowl team's starters were drafted or obtained in some other fashion. For the 2021 Season Super Bowl:

The Bengals have three first round picks starting on offense and drafted each of them in the last three years: quarterback Joe Burrow (2020), wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (2021) and tackle Jonah Williams (2019). The Rams will start two first round picks but didn't draft either of them: quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

The Rams have four first round draft picks starting on defense but only drafted one of them themselves (defensive tackle Aaron Donald) while three were drafted by other teams: cornerback Jalen Ramsey (Jaguars) and linebackers Leonard Floyd (Bears) and Von Miller (Broncos). The Bengals will start one first round pick on defense: cornerback Eli Apple who was drafted by the Giants.

The Bengals will start two undrafted players on offense and one on defense while the Rams will not start any undrafted player on offense but will start three on defense.

Both teams drafted their place kickers: Matt Gay (Rams) and Evan McPherson (Bengals). The Bengals also drafted their punter Kevin Huber while the Rams Johnny Hekker was undrafted.

2021 Season Super Bowl Starters
Bengals Offense
PositionNameDraft YearTeamRoundPickPlayerPositionCollege
QBJoe Burrow2020Bengals111QBLouisiana State
RBJoe Mixon2017Bengals21648RBOklahoma
WRJa'Marr Chase2021Bengals155WRLouisiana State
WRTee Higgins2020Bengals2133WRClemson
TEC.J. Uzomah2015Bengals521157TEAuburn
TEDrew Sample2019Bengals22052TEWashington
TJonah Williams2019Bengals11111 TAlabama
TIsaiah Prince2019Dolphins629202 TOhio State
GHakeem Adeniji2020Bengals61180 TKansas
GQuinton Spain2015           West Virginia
CTrey Hopkins2014           Texas
Bengals Defense
PositionNameDraft YearTeamRoundPickPlayerPositionCollege
DETrey Hendrickson2017Saints339103LBFlorida Atlantic
DESam Hubbard2018Bengals31377DEOhio State
DTB.J. Hill2018Giants3569DTNorth Carolina State
DTD.J. Reader2016Texans529166DTClemson
LBLogan Wilson2020Bengals3165LBWyoming
LBGermaine Pratt2019Bengals3872LBNorth Carolina State
CBMike Hilton2016           Mississippi
CBChidobe Awuzie2017Cowboys22860DBColorado
CBEli Apple2016Giants11010DBOhio State
SVonn Bell2016Saints23061DBOhio State
SJessie Bates2018Bengals22254DBWake Forest
Bengals Special Teams
PositionNameDraft YearTeamRoundPickPlayerPositionCollege
KEvan McPherson2021Bengals55149 KFlorida
PKevin Huber2009Bengals56142 PCincinnati
LSClark Harris2007Packers733243TERutgers
HKevin Huber2009Bengals56142 PCincinnati
KRChris Evans2021Bengals618202RBMichigan
PRTrent Taylor201749ers534177WRLouisiana Tech
STStanley Morgan2019           Nebraska
Rams Offense
PositionNameDraft YearTeamRoundPickPlayerPositionCollege
QBMatthew Stafford2009Lions111QBGeorgia
RBCam Akers2020Rams22052RBFlorida State
WRCooper Kupp2017Rams3569WREastern Washington
WROdell Beckham2014Giants11212WRLouisiana State
WRVan Jefferson2020Rams22557WRFlorida
TETyler Higbee2016Rams412110TEWestern Kentucky
TAndrew Whitworth2006Bengals22355 TLouisiana State
TRob Havenstein2015Rams22557 TWisconsin
GAustin Corbett2018Browns2133 CNevada
GDavid Edwards2019Rams531169 TWisconsin
CBrian Allen2018Rams411111 CMichigan State
Rams Defense
PositionNameDraft YearTeamRoundPickPlayerPositionCollege
DTGreg Gaines2019Rams432134DTWashington
DTA'Shawn Robinson2016Lions21546DTAlabama
DTAaron Donald2014Rams11313DTPittsburgh
DTMarquise Copeland2019           Cincinnati
OLBLeonard Floyd2016Bears199LBGeorgia
OLBVon Miller2011Broncos122LBTexas A&M
LBTroy Reeder2019           Delaware
CBJalen Ramsey2016Jaguars155DBFlorida State
CBDarious Williams2018           Alabama-Birminham
SNick Scott2019Rams729243DBPenn State
SEric Weddle2007Chargers2537DBUtah
Rams Special Teams
PositionNameDraft YearTeamRoundPickPlayerPositionCollege
KMatt Gay2019Buccaneers57145 KUtah
PJohnny Hekker2012           Oregon State
LSMatthew Orzech2019           Azusa Pacific
HJohnny Hekker2012           Oregon State
KRBrandon Powell2018           Florida
PRTutu Atwell2021Rams22557WRLouisville
STBen Skowronek2021Rams722249WRNotre Dame