Joe Mixon Was Not The Best Back Available
While some experts think the Bengals draft was a home run, I am not as pleased. Mixon’s high selection is the most prominent reason why.
When the time rolled around for the Bengals to make their selection at No. 41 in round two, all but two backs were remaining. Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey were drafted fourth and eighth, respectively.
In fact, Florida State’s Dalvin Cook was right there. But instead of making the smart, logical choice, the Bengals made a deal with the Vikings and allowed Minnesota to snag the second best guy to take a gamble on another player with a troubled past. Makes perfect sense!
Lewis defended his selection of Mixon in the Bengals second round press conference. Lewis proclaimed the team was content with the amount of research done on Mixon, ultimately showing empathy toward Mixon’s situation.
"“Well I think for the past three years he’s had to live on the head of a pin. Everything he’s done comes under the microscope. He understands that. I think every day moving forward he lives under that same microscope,” – Lewis said in a press conference."
I get it. The Bengals really liked Mixon. They think they found a diamond in the rough since few teams were even interested in him. But, that’s exactly my point.
In fact, according to multiple league sources, only four teams (Packers, Bengals, Eagles and Broncos) were ever considering Mixon. It has to mean something for 28 of 32 teams (87.5 percent) in the NFL to say no thanks, to Mr. Joe. Mike and Marv strike again (points finger pistols).