Joe Mixon, RB
School: Oklahoma | Conference: BIG-12
College Experience: RS Sophomore | Age: 20
Height / Weight: 6-1 / 226 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 3rd or 4th Round?
NFL Comparison: Le’Veon Bell
Joe Mixon will enter the NFL with obvious character concerns. During his redshirt freshman year, Mixon assaulted a woman at a restaurant. The video was released this past December and the debate of whether Mixon should have been allowed to play football afterward and the morality of it all will rage on certainly into his rookie year. Mixon has publically apologized and decided that after just two years playing with the Sooners that his next stop will be the NFL. The NFL in part is already doing damage control and Mixon will not be invited to the NFL combine. Where Mixon lands will be one of the more interesting points of this whole situation from a football perspective. There are many people who know a great deal about football that believe Joe Mixon is the best running back in an already loaded class that includes potential stars like Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook, and Christian McCaffery. What Mixon brings to the football field is awesome it will be interesting to see how his career develops and potentially how he develops as a young man after this.
- Human highlight reel. Mixon has some of the best vision and patience I’ve seen from a college player. He can see lanes almost before they develop has had developed the timing and patience to take advantage of them. There are so many negative plays he’s turned into positive gains with this skill.
- Arguably the best receiving running back in the draft class. It’s been noted several times that Mixon could play WR if he wanted to. He has superb natural receiving skills.
- Incredible feet displaying insane lateral quickness, balance, and agility. His jump cuts and little moves he puts on display are a thing of beauty. Elite elusiveness.
- Great burst and natural speed though he typically follows his blocks into open space he also isn’t afraid to put his pads down and deliver a hit.
- Can deploy a nasty stiff arm.
- Character concerns.
- Sometimes his patience extends a half second too long and the well dries up.
Let’s see his work:
Joe Mixon was punished in 2014 as an 18yr old. He has done everything asked of him. Now to block him at the combine is an overreached by NFL— George Wrighster (@georgewrighster) February 6, 2017
If you're concerned about Joe Mixon because of his incident, why are you not concerned with Dalvin Cook? Been associated with two assaults.— Nick Whalen (@_NickWhalen) January 29, 2017
Co-sign. On field evaluation alone, Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon is a top 10 talent, #1 RB in this class. So dynamic, could start as a WR https://t.co/fAFwkhcGEq— Mike Margittai NFL (@DraftMaverick) February 1, 2017
Tim Williams and Joe Mixon are both guys I like,but I know teams will remove them from their boards. Only takes one team to pull the trigger— NFL Draft Center (@NFLdraftcenter) January 30, 2017
If Joe Mixon was clean off of the field, he'd be RB1. Insane talent. He would be off my board, but it only takes one to draft him.— Jonah Tuls (@JonahTulsNFL) January 28, 2017
Anonymous NFL scouts already are making excuses for when their teams draft Joe Mixon https://t.co/agXtrlPj2S— Mitchell Northam (@primetimeMitch) February 11, 2017
Love this run by Joe Mixon. Look at his vision and open field ability pic.twitter.com/uxq3iBVqpp— Daniel Parlegreco (@DTPDraftScout) January 10, 2017
OK, watching some RB Joe Mixon (Oklahoma, 6'1", 226lbs), because my moral stance on his past isn't going to stop him from getting drafted. pic.twitter.com/pzfN61w9N1— My Colts Account (@MyColtsAccount) January 6, 2017
Same exact play that got Joe Mixon his first career touchdown. At this moment, you knew Lincoln Riley threw away the script: pic.twitter.com/6Rgzc1NswO— Kegan Reneau (@KeganOUUpdated) January 3, 2017
Joe Mixon is such a natural receiver. pic.twitter.com/qs8T0dl9Ng— Ty Wurth (@WurthDraft) October 24, 2016
How He Would Fit On The Redskins
If you couldn’t tell I’m trying to keep things football related but not so much as to ignore the elephant in the room. If Mixon didn’t have his off the field issue he would be considered a 1st round talent. As far as the Redskins are concerned if drafted he could be the bell cow for the team for at least the next 4 years. I just remember one thing Scot McClougahn said when signed former Redskins cornerback Chris Culliver
#Skins GM Scot McCloughan says he vetted character of Free agent CB C Culliver & wouldnt embarrass an NFL team by bringing in a bad guy— Liz Clarke (@lizclarketweet) April 27, 2015
McCloughan said he did homework on Chris Culliver. the info "came back good" and "last thing I'd want to do is embarrass the organization."— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) April 27, 2015
Now whether one thinks, Joe Mixon is a “bad guy” has been and will be discussed ad nuaseum but from what McC has said in the past I can feel confident he won’t be putting on a Redskins uniform in April. It’s a genuine shame for all reasons but from a football standpoint, it is because of Mixon’s undeniable talent on the field. Some team will be getting a great talent at a discount rate I just don’t think the Redskins are the type of team to do it.