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Bengals draft troubled Oklahoma RB Mixon

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CINCINNATI (AP) Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon is headed to Cincinnati, which added to its reputation for taking chances on players with significant off-field issues.

The Bengals traded down in the second round on Friday and took Mixon with the 48th overall pick, putting them back in the spotlight as a place known for giving second and third chances.

The 5-foot-10 running back was one of the top players available at his position, but teams were wary because of his history. Mixon was suspended for his freshman season after punching a female student and breaking bones in her face.


Browns draft Irish QB Kizer at No. 52

BEREA, Ohio (AP) The Browns found a quarterback right down the road.

They drafted one from Ohio, just not the one everyone expected.


Vikes trade up 7 spots, grab FSU RB Cook

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) After sitting out of the first round, the Minnesota Vikings didn't want to wait any longer.

Dalvin Cook was still available, the kind of dynamic running back Minnesota drafted 10 years ago and just recently let go.


Pats keep Garoppolo, draft Youngstown DE

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots held on to coveted backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo through the first three rounds of the NFL draft, choosing instead to make a couple of minor deals on Friday night and pick up help on the offensive and defensive lines.

Spurning offers for Garoppolo, who won't play in New England unless Tom Brady is injured or retires, Patriots coach Bill Belichick waited out the first seven hours of the draft. Asked how close he came to trading Garoppolo - the Cleveland Browns were one suitor - Belichick declined to say.


3 Washington DBs taken early in round 2

The second round of the NFL draft became a showcase for the talent Chris Petersen is building at Washington.

Three defensive backs from the Huskies were taken in the first 11 picks in the second round of the draft on Friday night. Cornerback Kevin King was taken by Green Bay with the first pick of the second round and No. 33 overall; safety Budda Baker was nabbed by Arizona with the No. 36 overall selection; and injured cornerback Sidney Jones was taken at No. 43 overall by Philadelphia.


Steelers get Pitt cancer survivor Conner

PITTSBURGH (AP) A year ago, James Conner was in the middle of chemotherapy treatment as it waged a battle against Hodgkin's Lymphoma that left the Pittsburgh star running back drained but resolute.

Conner never doubted he'd make the NFL. Even as the drugs sapped his strength and wreaked havoc on his immune system.


Eagles draft injured Washington CB Jones

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Sidney Jones and his new team agree on this: No rush to play this season.

The Philadelphia Eagles selected the injured Washington cornerback in the second round of the NFL draft, a month after he ruptured his left Achilles tendon at his pro day.


Cards move up to pick DB Baker at No. 36

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals kept their attention on the defense on Friday, trading up nine spots in the second round to select safety Budda Baker of Washington.

The comparisons to Tyrann Mathieu were immediate.


Busy 49ers pick QB Beathard in 3rd round

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Having used his first two picks to shore up the front end of San Francisco's defense a day earlier, John Lynch turned his attention to the secondary while continuing to bolster his growing reputation as the busiest general manager in the draft.

The 49ers drafted Colorado cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon on Friday with the 66th overall pick then made two more trades, the last of which they used to move back into the third round to grab Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard.


Bears trade down to pick Division II TE

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears weren't through with controversy after Day 1 of the NFL draft.

Following a stunning trade to move up and select quarterback Mitchell Trubisky at No. 2 on Thursday, the Bears traded down in Round 2 with Arizona on Friday night and selected Division II tight end Adam Shaheen.

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