The release of the Joe Mixon video was finally released last Friday and it was as disturbing as anyone could have imagined.
Now, people are left wondering what the fallout from the video which shows the Oklahoma star running back viciously striking a woman could be. If you’re a Mixon fan, it’s not good news.
According to NFL Draft analyst Tony Pauline, NFL general managers are telling those close to Mixon that he will now go undrafted.
Not only that, Mixon’s inner circle has been told that he likely will not even be signed as an undrafted free agent.
The video tape of Joe Mixon punching an Oklahoma student has garnered the lion’s share of the headlines and many are asking, “What’s next?” For months now, I’ve been informed the OU running back was leaning towards entering the draft, as those in his inner circle asked for my opinion. I was consistently steadfast in my belief Mixon should return to Oklahoma for a variety of reasons. Since the release of the video, general managers around the league have told those close to Mixon he won’t get drafted, there’s a possibility he won’t be signed as a free agent and he may not even receive an invitation to the combine should he declare for the draft.
His best and possibly only option at this point is returning to Oklahoma, if that’s even possible. There were two consistent themes throughout my conversations on the topic this weekend: Mixon was given bad advice staying silent over the issue and it would’ve been better had the tape been released two years ago.
The NFL has been taking a harsher stance on violence against women, so it is no surprise that general managers were as deeply disturbed by the video as everyone else who saw it.
Mixon’s history of decision making has proven to be poor, so it will be interesting to see if he listens to the advice and returns to Norman for another season. But if he does decide to go pro, his decision from 2014 could prove to be one that costs him millions.