Joe Mixon’s draft stock has been a hot topic of discussion.
The highly-talented Oklahoma Sooners running back is undoubtedly one of the top players at his position in the 2017 NFL Draft class, but off-field issues and the appalling video tape that shows his vicious striking of a female student leave some questions about just how far he will fall.
On talent alone, Mixon is a first-round pick without a doubt.
But as soon as you put the video into the mix, there are some who believe the former Sooner could end up falling completely out of the draft.
NFL general managers have their finger on the pulse more than outsiders, though, and they provide a much different picture.
While you would like to believe NFL teams are putting a priority on high-character guys, it all comes down to what they can do on the field and how much talent they possess. Because Mixon is dripping with talent, he will likely be an early Day 2 selection.
Several NFL general managers and scouts have told NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah in the last two days that Mixon will be a second-round pick.
Character concerns about Mixon, stemming from a 2014 incident in which he punched a female OU student, have damaged his draft value. A one-year suspension from the OU football team and the criminal case — a misdemeanor charge of acts resulting in gross injury that was settled on a plea deal — are behind Mixon, but the thorough evaluations by NFL clubs into his character are ongoing with the NFL draft about a month away. Those evaluations have been made all the more challenging because Mixon’s conduct prevented him from participating in the NFL Scouting Combine.
Mixon also helped himself at the Oklahoma Pro Day, so he is trending in the right direction as the draft approaches.
It will be interesting to see where the running back ultimately lands, but you can be sure there will be varying opinions and some backlash from the fans of whichever team decides to bring him on board.
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