Joe Mixon Reportedly Might Not Be Selected in 2017 NFL Draft

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2017

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02:  Joe Mixon #25 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs with the ball against the Auburn Tigers during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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University of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon could reportedly slide out of the 2017 NFL draft entirely due to lingering concerns about off-field issues during his time with the Sooners.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported Tuesday multiple sources have told him the playmaker could fall out of the first three rounds. Furthermore, one source expressed the possibility Mixon "won't be drafted at all."

The PFT report comes in stark contrast to a growing narrative over the past month that the OU rusher was starting to climb draft boards ahead of the April 27 event.

Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman reported in March one team official found Mixon "contemplative and thoughtful" when asked about the situation where he was seen on video punching a female student. He noted teams worried about potential backlash "are no longer as scared" to take him:

It's long been believed that Mixon, like Ray Rice, would suffer because his assault was caught on video, and that video would embarrass any team that drafted him. Thus, he either wouldn't be drafted or he'd be selected late. Several team officials say at least four franchises have removed Mixon from their draft boards. But the narrative around Mixon seems to be changing.

Mixon's on-field talent is obvious. The running back averaged 6.8 yards per carry across 300 attempts with the Sooners and scored 26 touchdowns from scrimmage in 25 collegiate games. He added a kick-return touchdown and a passing TD on a trick play.

He'd likely be a clear first-round prospect, a distinction he may still hold at draft time, if not for the character concerns. Matt Miller of Bleacher Report rated him as the second-best player at the position and the No. 18 overall prospect in his latest big board.

It would be a surprise if Mixon didn't get drafted considering his upside, but the PFT report adds another element to the speculation about how early the Sooners standout could be selected.

 

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