The Bengals became the team to finally take the plunge on controversial Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon , who has been heavily scrutinized because of an incident several years ago where he struck a woman in the face at a bar. The incident was captured on video . Mixon, who was suspended for a season by Oklahoma before video of the incident emerged, did miss jail time by pleading down the charges , and eventually settled a civil lawsuit . He considered one of the best talents in the entire draft and, if football were the only concern here, potentially a top-10 pick. Football is not the only concern, however, and teams were unwilling to take a chance on a man who performed such a heinous act on a female. 32 of them, apparently, as Adam Schefter of ESPN reported during the broadcast that there were "only about four teams in the NFL thinking about or considering taking Joe Mixon." We had heard prior to the draft that several teams had taken Mixon off their boards , even though many teams met with the running back at the combine . A report emerged leading up to the draft of another incident involving Mixon , but his agent strongly denied those rumors.
Only 4 teams considered taking controversial RB Joe Mixon in NFL Draft
CBS Sports | Apr 29