Despite all of the controversy around Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, the Cincinnati Bengals selected him with the 48th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Mixon is the first player from the Sooners to be selected in this years draft. Only a total of four teams said they would consider drafting Mixon, and the Bengals happened to be one of them.
Mixon had to miss the 2014 season at Oklahoma due to his incident during the summer. On Friday, he reached a civil agreement with the woman involved in the incident. This could’ve been the deciding factor in the Bengals drafting him. The president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Kim Gandy, is very concerned with Cincinnati’s selection. She told ESPN’s Adam Schefter, “I would say it’s not so surprising that a team picks a violent person,”. She later said, “But it is disappointing.”
Regardless of what people think about Joe Mixon, there is no doubt that the 20 year old is extremely talented. He had the highest draft grade of any Sooner this year with a 6.0. He will be joining Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard in the Bengals back field. There is a very good chance that Mixon will receive lots of playing time this upcoming season. His ability to not only run the ball, but to be a receiving threat, will make him a dangerous option for the Bengals.