Joe Mixon made an awful mistake and will likely cost him big in terms of dollars and cents in the 2017 NFL Draft. But some feel it will keep him from getting drafted at all.
The talented running from Oklahoma served a one-year suspension from the football team after he was caught on camera punching a woman in a sandwich shop near campus. The punch was so forceful that it broke several bones in the woman’s face.
He has not been invited to showcase at the NFL Combine as a result of the tape’s release, which means that NFL scouts won’t be able to get the kind of look at his abilities that they’d like.
Taking Mixon would be tough from a public relations standpoint, but with only tape to go on, and much of that footage come from games against relatively weak Big XII opponents, they might deem Mixon too much of a gamble.
Tony Pauline believes that Mixon won’t be taken during the draft and will likely have to sign on somewhere as an undrafted free agent. What makes Mixon such an interesting case is that his supreme talent is undeniable.
“The tape on Mixon is astounding at times. He dominates as both a ball carrier and pass catcher for entire drives at a time. Looking at it solely from a football perspective, I would stamp a late first-round grade on Mixon.”
However, football isn’t the only thing that is being considered here. Mixon might go in the third day of the draft, he might fall off completely, or a team might decide he is worth the media storm that will surround them for his rookie season and take him earlier.
With so many factors for scouts and general managers to consider when drafting Mixon, he is one of the more intriguing storylines headed into the NFL Draft.