Why does that name sound familiar? Joe Mixon is the Oklahoma running back who declared for the draft after his sophomore season and, oh yeah, punches women.
This right here happened in July of 2014. The video was just made public late last year.
Because he frickin’ assaulted someone, Mixon didn’t get invited to the combine last week. Oklahoma held their pro day on Wednesday and plenty of personnel department types were in attendance for Punchy’s workout, including the Green Bay Packers.
You know why?
Because dude can play ball! And let’s not pretend the Packers are above keeping guys around who don’t follow the rules, so long as those guys can help them win football games.
Mixon ran for 2,027 yards in his two-year Oklahoma career, including 1,274 in 2016. On the surface, only mildly impressive. Of course, there’s this — 6.8 yards per carry. That’s his career average. He also averaged 13.8 per reception.
So, there’s gonna be some interest. Don’t worry though, the Packers probably won’t be getting Mixon.
Not that they wouldn’t want him, but they just don’t expect him to be there when they pick.
What does that say? A couple things.
One, they weren’t or aren’t opposed to drafting Mixon, despite the assault. Two, they may be desperate for running back help.
Only Ty Montgomery is currently under contract. We still expect the Packers to bring back Eddie Lacy, but at some point, they’ll add a third. In fact, maybe more.
At the combine, Badger great Corey Clement was told the Packers were considering drafting two backs.