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Joe Mixon was one of the most talented running backs in the NCAA, despite some major off-field issues, and now he is a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.

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The 2017 NFL Draft continued on Friday for Rounds 2-3. Following a very interesting first round, plenty of great prospects were left on the board for Round 2. After eight picks, the Cincinnati Bengals had their choice of the players remaining and opted to trade back to pick No. 48 before selecting running back Joe Mixon out of Oklahoma.

One of the most electrifying running backs during his two years in college, Mixon finished his career at Oklahoma with 2,027 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns on 300 carries.

Seen by some as a top-10 talent, Mixon fell due to concerns related to off-the-field issues and one incident in particular, which involved a female fellow student at Oklahoma whom he punched in the face and knocked out. He was suspended for the incident, and has since apologized following the release of the video. He was also suspended for one game last fall for an incident with a parking attendant. You can read more about his history here, which tells you all you need to know about why he fell to Round 2.

When he is on the field, Mixon is absolutely electrifying. His ability to burst so quickly from the first to third level and dance around defenders is nearly legendary. But, he also isn’t afraid to power through defenders when necessary. He is an outstanding backfield option both as a runner and as a pass catcher, which should fit perfectly into the Bengals’ multi-tooled offensive attack.

The selection of Mixon is potentially bad news for former second round pick Jeremy Hill, who has struggled during the last two years after an impressive rookie season. Running back Giovani Bernard appears to be well liked and a significant part of the Bengals’ plans going forward, so it will be interesting to see just how effective a running back tandem of Mixon and Bernard could be. It will also be interesting to see what happens with Hill, who seems to be being phased out of the Bengals’ offensive plans. His contract with the Bengals will be up at the end of the season. But, Hill doesn’t seem concerned, in fact, he’s acting excited toward the public.

On the field, Mixon can impact the Bengals’ offense for many years to come. He might have a dark past that some teams would rather avoid, but the Bengals have embraced reclamation projects in the past.

If his awful 2014 incident never occurred, Mixon would have been a first round pick and potentially the top running back prospect in the draft.

Joe Mixon College Stats

Year Class G Att Rushing Yds Avg Rushing TD Rec Rec Yds Avg Rec TD Plays Yds
Year Class G Att Rushing Yds Avg Rushing TD Rec Rec Yds Avg Rec TD Plays Yds
*2015 FR 13 113 753 6.7 7 28 356 12.7 4 141 1109
2016 SO 12 187 1274 6.8 10 37 538 14.5 5 224 1812

*Includes Bowl game.

Poll

How do you grade the Bengals’ Round 2 selection of Joe Mixon?

This poll is closed

  • 60%
    A
    (3976 votes)
  • 16%
    B
    (1098 votes)
  • 5%
    C
    (349 votes)
  • 3%
    D
    (200 votes)
  • 13%
    F
    (913 votes)
6536 votes total Vote Now