Second-year pro has assumed a regular role in secondary, seeing significant action as nickel back ... Had game-clinching INT in season opener ... Fourth-round 2015 draft choice earned increased playing time as ’15 season progressed ... Has big upside, based on athleticism, versatility, and a high football IQ ... Started at both CB and FS during his USC career, and was rated as the high-profile program’s most versatile and reliable DB.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in fourth round of 2015 NFL Draft (120th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-18-15.
2016 highlights: Has played in Games 1-4, with three starts as a nickel back ... Has 10 tackles and an INT, and is tied for team lead in special teams tackles (six) ... On Sept. 11 at N.Y. Jets, walled out WR Eric Decker and intercepted Ryan Fitzpatrick pass at Jets 40 with 0:40 to play, ending final N.Y. threat ... One tackle on defense and two special teams tackles on Sept. 18 at Pittsburgh ... Three tackles Sept. 25 vs. Denver ... Three tackles Sept. 29 vs. Miami
Previous season: 2015—Played in Games 2-16, with 15 tackles, a pass defensed and eight special teams tackles (tied for third on team) ... Also played in Wild Card playoff ... Inactive for Game 1 ... Made NFL debut Sept. 20 vs. San Diego, with one special teams tackle ... Logged his first tackle on defense Nov. 22 at Arizona ... Two tackles on defense and a pass defensed Nov. 29 vs. St. Louis ... Four tackles, plus a pass defensed, on Dec. 6 at Cleveland ... Had a personal season-high seven tackles, plus a special teams stop, on Dec. 13 vs. Pittsburgh ... One tackle and one special teams tackle Dec. 28 at Denver ... Played in all four preseason games, tying for second in tackles (14).
College: Played three seasons (2012-14) for USC ... Previously played two seasons (2010-11) at Florida, but ’10 was counted as a redshirt year after he suffered knee injury in his first game ... Granted a hardship waiver by NCAA that allowed him to transfer from Florida to USC without sitting out a season ... Played in 30 games (23 starts) for USC and in 11 games (one start) for Florida ... Full career totals of 130 tackles, six INTs and 14 passes defensed ... Missed USC’s first 10 games on team suspension in 2014, but still earned invitations to play in East-West Shrine and Senior Bowl games ... Led team in tackles (nine) in 2014 season Holiday Bowl win vs. Nebraska ... Started all 14 games as a USC junior and was All Pac-12 honorable mention, recording 67 tackles, four INTs (one returned for a TD) and seven passes defensed.
Personal: Hometown is Palmdale, Calif. ... Attended Palmdale High School, where he was named a 2009 first-team All-American by Parade, Under Armour, SuperPrep and PrepStar ... Played CB, RB, QB and WR during his prep career ... Earned degree from USC in sociology, and was chosen to speak at school’s 2014 Student-Athlete Graduation Ceremony ... Spent five days with USC teammates in Haiti in the spring of 2012, building homes and assisting those in need.
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.