In a move that quickly generated controversy and drew criticism, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon in the second round of the NFL draft Friday. He was the 48th overall selection, and the announcement was met with loud boos from the crowd in Philadelphia. The former Freedom-Oakley athlete no doubt would have been a first-round pick if it hadn’t been for his assault on a woman in 2014. He knocked her unconscious and fractured four bones in her face. He was suspended for a year from the Sooners team. He was charged with misdemeanor assault. After reaching a plea deal he completed 100 hours of community service. A video of the brutal assault was released to the public in December and quickly went viral. He was not invited to the NFL scouting combine in late February and early March. He and his victim recently reached a settlement of her lawsuit against him. While the NFL Network reported he was off the draft boards of half the 32 teams, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said a survey of teams in the last week found just four that were considering taking Mixon.
Bengals take a huge gamble by picking Joe Mixon in 2nd round
Houston Chronicle | Apr 29