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Bengals draft preview rounds 3-5: Looking at the right players?

Joe Mixon and Devonte Fields have a lot of baggage. And yet, the Bengals have shown interest in them. Should the Bengals draft these players? Who else might they be considering in the middle rounds? We discuss.

Many Cincinnati Bengals fans are strongly opposed to the team drafting Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon. But, the Bengals’ decision makers met with him twice in the span of a week leading up to the draft. On top of that, the Bengals held a private workout with Louisville outside linebacker Devonte Fields, who was dismissed from TCU after an assault charge. Beyond these two players who have red flags, the Bengals also met with Baylor wide receiver Ishmael Zamora, who has a notable past and other prospects with strings attached. With so many talented players available in the draft who don’t have baggage and red flags attached, what exactly are the Bengals thinking when meeting with these players? Are the Bengals willing to look beyond the past and instead focus just on what these players can offer on-the-field.

In the following video, we debate drafting the two aforementioned players, and also take a look at Texas A&M receiver Josh Reynolds.

John Sheeran is of the philosophy that you simply can’t add a player with the history of Mixon or Fields in the same offseason you retain Adam Jones and let Andrew Whitworth go. Meanwhile, Sports Dispute TV’s Jordan Harris argues the Bengals should in fact embrace their negative image and select players based on their talent rather than their personal issues.

Let us know what you think in the comments section below.


If available, which of the following players should the Bengals draft in the middle rounds of the draft?

This poll is closed

  • 70%
    Joe Mixon
    (470 votes)
  • 3%
    Devonte Fields
    (22 votes)
  • 13%
    Josh Reynolds
    (93 votes)
  • 12%
    None of the above
    (85 votes)
670 votes total Vote Now