NFL Draft: Will the Bengals take controversial running back on Day 2?

NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 29: Running back Joe Mixon #25 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs the sideline against the Kansas Jayhawks October 29, 2016 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Jayhawks 56-3. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

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NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 29: Running back Joe Mixon #25 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs the sideline against the Kansas Jayhawks October 29, 2016 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Jayhawks 56-3. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Running back, defensive end likely targets in rounds 2-3

The Cincinnati Bengals will have two more picks in the second and third rounds of the NFL Draft on Friday.

One of those picks is likely to be a defensive end, but whether it comes with the 41st or 73rd overall pick will depend on the first eight players selected when drafting resumes at 7 p.m.

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After taking Washington wide receiver John Ross with the No. 9 overall pick Thursday, the Bengals are likely to focus on defense unless controversial Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon is available at 41.

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Mixon, who was caught on video punching a woman in the face, is a Top 10 talent. He never would have dropped to the second round had it not been for the incident, in which he was not charged, his freshman year.

If Mixon is gone before the Bengals pick at 41, look for them to target a defensive player, either at defensive end or linebacker.

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Cornerback and offensive line also could be in play by the time the Bengals move into the third round.

They will have eight picks on Saturday, so they can afford to follow the best-player-available philosophy in the second and third rounds before addressing specific needs in Rounds 4-7 on Saturday.

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