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The Bengals took one of many greater dangers of this yr’s draft by choosing Joe Mixon within the second spherical, however Cincinnati continues to insist it left no stone unturned previous to the choice.
Mixon was captured on CCTV punching a feminine Oklahoma scholar in 2014, an incident that induced some groups to take the gifted operating again off their draft boards utterly.
However the Bengals – who’ve a historical past of taking over gamers with off-area points – picked Mixon after an exhaustive investigation into his historical past, head coach Marvin Lewis defined Thursday on Sirius XM.
“Loads of time, a whole lot of analysis,” Lewis stated, in accordance with Conor Orr of NFL.com. “Time spent with Joe. Time researching individuals round Joe. Joe’s previous in East Bay (California). All these sorts of issues that approach. His previous on campus at Oklahoma because the incident. So, there could not be some other pink flags to say, ‘Properly, nicely, perhaps…’ No, no, no. It needed to be clear, and Joe is aware of that. He is aware of going ahead, it has to remain clear on a regular basis. He is lived on the tip of the sword for 3 years now, and he is received to proceed to in all probability for the remainder of his life.”
After a backlash from anti-home violence teams, Bengals proprietor Mike Brown wrote an open letter, admitting his group took “a danger” on Mixon.
On the sector, Mixon boasted first-spherical expertise. He is anticipated to right away push Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard for beginning reps, and Lewis has been impressed together with his early work.
“He is off the charts expertise-clever,” Lewis stated. “Massive, quick, catch, run, see, sensible – and he is a 20-yr-previous child. He is as sensible as a whip. You already know, I imply, these issues are enjoyable. And I maintain reminding everyone, he is a 20-yr-previous child. Hold understanding that. Let Joe proceed to develop and develop as we go.”