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Cincinnati Bengals 7 Round 2017 Re-Draft

MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 02: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs scrambles with the ball against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. The Chiefs won the game 31-20. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 02: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs scrambles with the ball against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. The Chiefs won the game 31-20. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /
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815. . Running Back. Sooners . Joe Mixon. 2. player

CINCINNATI, OH – DECEMBER 29: Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates a touchdown during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH – DECEMBER 29: Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates a touchdown during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

Original Pick- Joe Mixon, Running Back, Oklahoma

Sometimes, against all odds, franchises pick the right player at the exact right time. That was the case when the Bengals picked up Joe Mixon to be their lead back in the second round, and it’s a decision they shouldn’t second guess.

Mixon has been dynamic thus-far for Cincinnati. In the past two years alone, he’s eclipsed over 1,000 yards rushing despite playing behind a struggling offensive line. His on-the-field impact can’t be denied and that’s before getting to the fact he’s been woefully misused in the passing game. If Zac Taylor finds a way to get him looks in that regard, Mixon will solidify his status as a top-5 running back in the league.

His leadership and attitude can’t be overlooked either. Last season, in an apparently frustrating campaign, many players would have given up. Not the former Sooner stand-out, however. Instead, he got the team to rally around him. Moral victories mean very little in the NFL but Mixon’s actions helped his teammates to remain bought-in to Taylor’s culture and improve down the stretch.

Moving forward, Mixon looks to ease the burden off the next franchise quarterback and remain a cornerstone for the organization.

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