Drafting woman-puncher already blowing up on Bengals

Drafting woman-puncher already blowing up on Bengals

Oklahoma University running back Joe Mixon was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 48th pick in the second round of the 2017 National Football League draft.

The Bengals drafted Mixon in the second round on Friday, knowing full well that the pick would not be popular. According to ESPN he amassed 1,274 rushing yards on 187 carries and scored a total of 16 touchdowns not including his passing touchdown against Big 12 foe Kansas State. Mixon will join a crowded backfield in Cincinnati that already has Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard.

The Bengals needed a running back after Rex Burkhead left for New England.

'They were talking about Joe, I suppose.

"Everything was up in the air", Mixon said during a teleconference call.

Mixon was involved in an incident of a different nature just past year after he blew up at a parking attendant over a ticket he received, ripping it up and throwing it into her face while attempting intimidate her. None of the major projections running up to Thursday night's event had him going in the top 10. He slipped from the first round because of off-field issues and some injury concerns. A felony charge for spitting on a nurse at the county jail has been dropped.

In an anonymous survey over past week with all 32 National Football League teams, only four said they would consider drafting RB Joe Mixon.

A video of the brutal assault was released to the public in December and quickly went viral.

The Bengals have a history of adding talented players with checkered pasts to their roster.

"I don't know who isn't disgusted at what they saw but that's one day in the young man's life", Lewis said."He's been able to cross those bridges all the way through".

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'Hopefully, I can teach them for the next time and how to react a certain way'. Other teams reportedly did, as well. I'm going to do whatever I can to make them proud and make them happy.

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Mixon, wearing cut-off jeans and a Bengals No. 25 T-shirt that his aunt supplied for Friday night's red-eye from Oakland, Calif, looked nearly relieved. "Ultimately, they decided the gamble in the second round, at No. 48, was one worth taking".

He was suspended for the entire 2014 season after punching a woman in an off-campus restaurant shortly after he arrived in Norman.

They jeered Cincinnati's selection of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon and even Cleveland's pick of Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer.

"This guy's role kind of jumps out at you with his speed", offensive coordinator Ken Zampese said. He picks the right gaps and then he has the acceleration to make the big play. He had 213 catches for 3,092 yards and 25 touchdowns in his career, finishing fourth on school's all-time list for catches.

The 2017 Draft is not one of those years. Mixon was also suspended a game last season for an incident with a parking attendant.

Three former Sooners have been selected No. 1 overall in the draft (Sam Bradford, the most recent, in 2010, Billy Sims in 1980 and Lee Roy Selmon in 1976).

Linebacker Jordan Evans, defensive tackle Charles Walker and cornerback Ahmad Thomas also have yet to be selected.

The draft will continue with the second and third rounds on Friday night at 7 p.m., while rounds four through seven will begin on Saturday at 11 a.m.