27. Cincinnati Bengals
Leave it to the Cincinnati Bengals to be the ones to make the controversial pick of Joe Mixon in the second round, and it will be interesting to see how the running back fits in the offense with Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. From a talent perspective, Mixon was one of the top running backs from this year’s draft class, and when looking at their history of bringing troubled players on board, this really wasn’t a surprise move by the Bengals.
Only time will tell when it comes to whether this move will payoff for Cincinnati, but at least the team was able to provide Andy Dalton with another dangerous receiver to work with in John Ross. Even if this selection seemed like a bit of a stretch when seeing all of the others players available on the board, the Bengals have plenty of reasons to be excited when thinking about the potential surrounding the duo of Ross playing alongside A.J. Green.
Cincinnati was considered one of the biggest disappointments from the 2016 season after failing to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010, and if Marvin Lewis has any intention of keeping his job, the head coach better hope the team bounces back strong next season. Hopefully, these new rookies will live up to the hype by making an impact right away to make sure that happens for Cincinnati on offense.