The Bengals have shown interest in Mixon during the draft process and were among several teams that met privately with Mixon prior to his pro day earlier this week. Mixon was not invited to the NFL scouting combine earlier this month due to a policy that can bar players from the event because of their off-field conduct. However, he is still considered one of the top RB draft prospects.
Mixon's absence from the combine meant that the Bengals didn’t get a chance to interview him, so hosting him for a visit gives them a chance to ask him questions about his character and past issues.
Mixon was caught on videotape punching a female Oklahoma student in the face in 2014, his freshman year at the school. He initially was charged with misdemeanor assault but accepted a plea deal with one year of probation, counseling and 100 hours of community service. The Sooners suspended him for the entire 2014 season.
The NFL recently instituted a policy that can bar players from the combine if they have misdemeanor or felony convictions involving violence, use of a weapon, domestic violence, sexual offense and/or sexual assault. Mixon was not convicted for his assault charge, but the policy is fairly broad, and players can be banned from the combine for any reason.