After a redshirt season in 2006 at Michigan, Mixon transferred—an event that NFL executives were possibly leery of during the draft—and started at Kent St. in 2008.
At Kent St., Mixon had very solid production. A two-time first team All-MAC player, he had 190 tackles, 22 for loss, 9.5 sacks, 11 pass break ups and an interception, not to mention he was a constant threat for the strip, in his final two seasons.
Mixon played inside at Kent St, but his 4.68 40 yard dash, 35.5" vertical, 33 reps and 6.99 three-cone drill at his pro day suggest he has the agility and power to possibly play multiple positions at the next level.
He is a quick, violent and explosive player that is tough to shake once latched on. He is not a powerful rusher, but finds creases and displays a slippery pass rush.
Average instincts against the pass in zone coverage, a propensity to get stuck while in traffic and less than ideal size for the middle held Mixon back from being drafted, but the upside is there.
More work on fundamentals, time in the film room and improvement in coverage could pay dividends for Mixon, who has NFL tools.
His athleticism and production would be a welcome addition starting as a special teamer, with the potential to eventually compete at linebacker.
Another violent hitting linebacker who played for Kent St. and eventually made it big in the league; Pittsburgh's James Harrison.