Bengals take the plunge, select RB Joe Mixon
- The Bengals selected Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon with their second-round pick Friday night.
- Mixon ranked third among all FBS running backs with an 88.1 overall grade in 2016.
- He ranked 10th among draft-eligible running backs with a 95.5 elusive rating (measures the impact of a runner with the ball in his hands independent of the blocking in front of him); he forced a missed tackle once for every 3.9 offensive touches.
- Mixon earned 57.3 percent of his yards on 22 runs that went for at least 15 yards, the highest rate among draft-eligible running backs.
- He ranked second among 82 qualified HBs with an average of 2.83 yards per route run.
- On talent alone, Mixon likely would have gone earlier in the draft, but off-field issues caused him to slip.