Joe Mixon Controversy: Bengals Draft Joe Mixon in The Second Round of The Nfl Draft and He Is a Controversial Selection

Joe Mixon Controversy

Reporting from Philadelphia: On the second day of the NFL draught, playmakers from both sides of the Los Angeles collegiate football rivalry—and from both sides of the line of scrimmage—learned what their futures held.

Pittsburgh selected USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster in the second round, while Washington took UCLA cornerback Fabian Moreau in the third round.

Eddie Vanderdoes from UCLA was selected by Oakland later in the third.

The No. 48 pick was used by the Cincinnati Bengals to select Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, who was viewed as untouchable by some teams following the release of a 2014 video showing him punching a woman, breaking her jaw and several other bones in her face.

This selection was the night’s biggest news, one that is certain to give the league heartburn. Mixon received a deferred prison sentence, was charged with a misdemeanor, and had his season suspension for 2014 imposed.

Joe Mixon Controversy

He joined the club again in 2015, and during the following two seasons, he ran for 2,027 yards and 17 touchdowns, quickly establishing himself as one of the talent-wise best prospects in this class.

But when footage of Mixon punching the woman was made public, the outrage erupted once more, much like it did in the case of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops received harsh criticism for not permanently dismissing Mixon from the team after several NFL teams claimed they dropped him off their selection boards.

Mixon and Amelia Molitor, the lady he struck, reached a settlement last week after the Oklahoma judicial procedure was over.

Enter the Bengals, who have a history of signing players who have serious character concerns, like Tank Johnson, Vontaze Burfict, Adam “Pacman” Jones, Odell Thurman, and the late Chris Henry.

Owner of the Bengals Mike Brown has been quite clear that he is not looking for choir boys, but rather football players. However, the skepticism can increase due to the controversies surrounding Mixon. When speaking to reporters on Friday, coach Marvin Lewis justified the choice.

Joe Mixon Controversy

Lewis stated, “We’ve put so much work into Joe Mixon during the entire process this year, and based on all the time, all the research, we thought that we can continue to move forward.

This week, Joe’s predicament seemed to reach a resolution in all respects, which made us feel better about the possibility of moving forward.

We spent the necessary time, interviewing everyone who knew him or had knowledge of his background, as well as coaches at Oklahoma who may have had firsthand knowledge of him or his conduct since that day, and we believe we have done everything we could to ensure our due diligence.

The Steelers’ selection of the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Smith-Schuster was not contested by any other AFC North team. He finished fourth in school history for catches with 213 catches for 3,092 yards and 25 touchdowns.

For reporters, Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley described the player as “really sort of a do-it-all guy; can play inside, outside.” If I had to pick one thing that he is particularly good at, it would be his ability to catch the ball in dangerous situations—or, as we like to say, “50/50 balls”—because he typically succeeds.

Joe Mixon Controversy

A flurry of transactions began Friday night. In the second round, trades resulted in the first five selections. Green Bay’s first selection of the evening was cornerback Kevin King from Washington.

Following closely behind were two more Huskies defensive backs: cornerback Sidney Jones went to Philadelphia at No. 43 and safety Budda Baker was selected by Arizona with the fourth choice overall (36th overall) in the second round.

The first quarterback selected on the second day was DeShone Kizer of Notre Dame, who was taken 52nd by Cleveland. Kizer will be returning home because he was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio.

Forrest Lamp of Western Kentucky and Dan Feeney of Indiana were selected by the Chargers in the second and third rounds, respectively, as they looked to improve quarterback Philip Rivers’ protection.

Without a first-round selection, the Rams selected South Alabama tight end Gerald Everett in the second round. In the third round, they selected Eastern Washington wide Cooper Kupp and Boston College safety John Johnson.

Joe Mixon Controversy

As for the UCLA athletes, Vanderdoes has already made the arduous recovery journey from an injury, and Moreau is currently following it.

With an ACL tear in his knee, Vanderdoes missed the majority of the 2015 season and wasn’t at his best the following year. However, he recently declared he feels better than ever after losing weight in recent months. He signs up with the Raiders, who are in need of an interior pass rusher. With 25 sacks last year, Oakland had the fewest in the NFL.

Had Moreau not injured his pectoral muscle when bench pressing at UCLA’s pro day last month, he most likely would have been chosen earlier—possibly even in the first round. He had surgery, so the earliest he can resume running at full speed is in August.

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