Meet the Bengals' 2017 draft picks

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals are making headlines with their 2017 NFL draft picks.

Not only did they draft a kicker for the first time in 15 years -- they selected the most controversial draft prospect, Joe Mixon, who punched a woman in the face in 2014.

Here are Bengals’ 11 picks from the 2017 NFL draft:

Round 1, Pick 9 overall: John Ross, WR, Washington

The 22-year-old California native was a top pick and for good reason; he ran a 40 in 4.22 seconds at NFL Combine in March. Ross (and his blazing speed) will line up across the field from A.J. Green.

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Round 2, Pick 48: Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma

The Bengals proved again that they are a team of second chances. Or, some might say, a franchise without a moral compass.

Joe Mixon punched a 20-year-old woman in the face in 2014, and he just settled a lawsuit with the woman.

 

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis expected a negative reaction - "Some of our fans will probably pause for a second," he said -  and addressed that after the pick.

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Without the baggage, Mixon is probably the best running back in the draft and would have been top-10 pick. He scored 10 touchdowns and averaged almost seven yards a carry last season.

Round 3, Pick 73: Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State

The Bengals got around to helping their pass rush in the third round by taking Willis, who was Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and had 26 sacks in his college career. Like Ross, Willis also brings speed. At 6-4 and 258, he ran the fastest 40 (4.53) of all defensive linemen at the Combine.

Round 4, Pick 116: Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn

The six-foot-two, 261 pound defensive end had a slow start to his time at Auburn. He missed a season there after blowing out his knee, and he missed another half of a season with a hip injury.

Lawson is expected to play linebacker and defensive line.

Round 4, Pick 128: Josh Malone, WR, Tennessee

By the time he was a sophomore, Malone was a full-time starter for the Tennessee Volunteers. In 2016, he caught 50 passes for 972 yards and 11 touchdowns in his last season as a Vol.

Round 4, Pick 138: Ryan Glasgow, DT, Michigan

Glasgow received second-team All-Big Ten notice and the team's Defensive Lineman of the Year in his final season at Michigan (39 tackles, 9.5 for loss, four sacks).

Round 5, Pick 153: Jake Elliott, K, Memphis

Elliott was the first kicker drafted by the Bengals in 15 years. He was his school’s all-time leading scorer and set several records for field goals made in total and from 50 yards or more. He made 21 of 26 field goals in 2016.

Round 5, Pick 176: J.J. Dielman, C, Utah

Dielman was a team captain and started at center for Utah in 2016 after starting all games in 2015 and 2014 as right tackle. He was a second-team All-Pac-12 pick as a junior.

Round 6, Pick 193: Jordan Evans, LB, Oklahoma

Evans was an all-conference player for the Oklahoma Sooners, and he earned All-Big 12 honors the past two seasons. He was a second-team pick as a senior with 98 tackles and four interceptions.

Round 6, Pick 207: Brandon Wilson, DB, Houston

Wilson was a part of one of the biggest upsets in college football last year; the return man from the University of Houston returned a missed field goal almost 110 yards for a touchdown.

Round 7, Pick 251: Mason Schreck, TE, Buffalo

In his four-year career at the University at Buffalo, Schreck caught 107 passes and totaled 1,113 yards and six touchdowns. In 2016, he went for 651 years and four touchdowns.

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