Sixth-round 2015 draft choice played in every game as a rookie and is back on roster for this season ... Played in 56 games and had 44 starts over five years at Fresno State (2010-14) ... One of only six players in school history to record more than 300 career tackles.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in sixth round of 2015 NFL Draft (197th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-12-15.
2016 highlights: Has played in Games 1-4, seeing some action on defense and leading special teams in snaps ... Has two defensive tackles and one on special teams tackle ... Had a 60-yard INT return for a TD in preseason at Detroit.
Previous season: 2015—Played in Games 1-16, with four special teams tackles ... Saw his most significant action on defense in Wild Card playoff on 1-9-16 vs. Pittsburgh, when he had three tackles ... Played in all four preseason games, logging eight tackles on defense and two on special teams.
College: Played four seasons at Fresno State (2010 and ’12-14), with a medical hardship waiver in ’11 ... Came back from shortened ’11 season (due to broken arm) to earn three straight first-team All-Mountain West honors ... One of 11 players in school history to earn first-team All-Mountain West three times in a career) ... Started 14 games as a senior in 2014, with season-high 11 tackles on Aug. 30 at No. 15 USC ... Invited to play in 2015 Senior Bowl but did not participate due to injury (sports hernia) ... As the 2014 season ended, his 15 career INTs ranked second among active FBS players ... Started 13 games in 2013, helping lead Bulldogs to an 11-2 record, and finished second in the nation with seven INTs ... MVP of the Mountain West Championship game, helping Bulldogs defeat Utah State with a sack, an INT, a pass defensed in end zone and seven total tackles ... Logged 18 tackles, including an INT returned 41 yards for a TD in the Las Vegas Bowl vs. USC.
Personal: Hometown is Banning, Calif. ... Attended Banning High School, where he played quarterback, safety and punter ... As two-way senior, rushed for 1579 yards and 13 TDs while also logging 109 tackles ... Also starred on high school basketball team, averaging 17 points per game ... Earned degree in Communications at Fresno State ... First name is pronounced “duh-RONN.”
If they happened to look up at the walkway above the Bengals weight room, they saw Joe Mixon take his first steps in Paul Brown Stadium Saturday. And the fans at the Bengals draft party cheered and yelled welcome as he paused, as if not quite sure if it was for him. He held up his right and waved on his way to the elevator with the cheers chasing after him.