Joe Mixon’s NFL Draft stock is an interesting conversation, with many acknowledging the Oklahoma running back’s talents on the field while others are concerned about his off-field behavior.
Based on talent alone, Mixon is one of the top players at his position and would likely be a first- or second-round pick.
However, after viciously striking a woman in 2014 and having the video surface, there are some teams who completely removed Mixon from their draft boards.
The latest person to add to the intrigue is NFL insider Gil Brandt, who released his list of top 150 players in this year’s draft. That list excluded the former Sooner, which is notable because Brandt is very dialed in with how teams view prospects.
Brandt’s complete list of rankings can be viewed on NFL.com.
The top running back on Brandt’s list is LSU star Leonard Fournette, who Brandt ranks No. 2 overall in the 2017 class.
Three-year player at LSU. First player in Louisiana history to win national high school player of the year honors twice. Started six games in 2014, rushing for 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns, with a 5.5-yard average. He also had a 26.0-yard average as a kick returner. Led nation in 2015 with 1,953 rushing yards (6.5-yard average) and 22 touchdowns, finishing sixth in Heisman voting. Suffered left ankle injury in 2016 fall camp and did not play well, finishing with 843 yards and eight TDs in seven games. In two career games vs. Alabama, rushed for just 66 yards. Very explosive runner. Had best 20-yard time of any running back at the combine. Looks like a linebacker when you meet him in person.
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