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Joe Mixon Reportedly Removed from Patriots' Draft Board Due to Assault Incident

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 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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The New England Patriots have reportedly removed running back Joe Mixon from their draft board due to his involvement in a 2014 assault.

According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, a source indicated that New England won't select Mixon under any circumstances.

Last year, video surfaced of Mixon punching a woman at a Norman, Oklahoma sandwich shop in 2014.

Per Howe, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said the following with regard to players who have a history of violence against women: "While I believe in second chances and giving players an opportunity for redemption, I also believe that playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right. For me, personally, I believe that privilege is lost for men who have a history of abusing women."

Mixon was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine due to the 2014 incident, but he has met with the Los Angeles Chargers and Denver Broncos, according to ESPN.com.

The California native enjoyed a huge 2016 season with the Oklahoma Sooners. He rushed for 1,274 yards and 10 touchdowns to go along with 37 receptions for 538 yards and five additional scores.

New England's current running back depth chart boasts James White, Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead, but all of them are set to hit free agency next offseason. Also, 2016 leading rusher LeGarrette Blount is currently a free agent.

The Patriots may need a more permanent answer in the backfield, but Mixon reportedly won't be in the conversation.

Although Mixon's off-field issues may prevent multiple teams from selecting him, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller ranked him as the No. 18 overall prospect and No. 2 running back in the 2017 class on his latest big board.

Miller also projected that Mixon will be selected by the Oakland Raiders with the No. 24 overall pick in the first round in his newest mock draft.

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