The question as to when former Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon would be selected in the NFL Draft was answered Friday evening when the Cincinnati Bengals took the former Sooners star in the second round and 48th overall pick of the weekend.
Mixon, who is among the most polarizing names in this draft, had a wait a day, but his future is set now with the Bengals.
It’s hard for anybody to surpass what Mixon did at OU’s Pro Day less than two months ago. Mixon was sensational on the field. He ran a blistering 4.43-second 40-yard dash. He had a vertical leap of 35 inches and was flawless during the on-the-field drills.
His on-field talent has never been questioned, his all-around talent has been proven time and time again, but Mixon was chosen Friday because of the way he has accepted responsibility for his misdeeds off the field.
The story is well-known at this point of Mixon punching a former OU student and breaking multiple bones in her face on the night of his 18th birthday in July 2014.
Mixon and the student, Mia Molitor, settled their civil suit last week, and in the last four months Mixon has been as open and honest about the event as possible.
Suspended for the 2014 season as a result of his actions and denied an invite to the NFL Combine two months ago, the former five-star was as good as advertised during his two seasons in Norman.
In 2016, Mixon set the single-season OU record for all-purpose yards with 2,331 and totaled 16 touchdowns (10 rushing, five receiving, one kick return).
Mixon rushed for 2,027 yards with 17 touchdowns in his two seasons in Norman to go with 894 yards receiving and nine more scores.
“He has the size and speed you love, but he also has great footwork,” OU head coach Bob Stoops said. “He picks the right gaps and then he has the acceleration to make the big play. He's great catching the ball out of the backfield and it's pretty rare the first guy brings him down. When you add in his abilities on special teams, Joe is something very rare. I'm proud of his development on and off the field.”
Mixon is the first former Sooner to be selected in the Draft although OU should have quite a few more before Saturday evening is complete.