Many teams are debating whether they’ll even consider the Oklahoma running back who was charged after an appalling 2014 incident in which he punched a woman.
Mixon was not invited to the Combine due to the incident, and he has been in damage control mode during his pre-draft visits. He has been apologetic in press conferences and interviews. But, even Cheap Jerseys Shop though Mixon avoided jail time via a plea deal — he was suspended for the 2014 college football season — the assault was captured on video. It will follow him throughout his NFL career and his life.
NFL teams want to avoid PR nightmares, and they don’t want to babysit a player whose character has been proven questionable. There’s a fine line when it comes to dealing with such cases, but those that involve domestic violence cross the line.
During my time with the Vikings and Titans, a player like Mixon would get a blue dot for character concerns next to his name on our draft boards. In most cases, I believe in second chances after people are punished for major mistakes. But in a case like this — a brutal assault on a woman — I would not draft the player. Mixon would be taken off our board completely.
That won’t necessarily stop them from thinking about Clemson’s Mike Williams or Western Michigan’s Corey Davis as early as No. 12, right along with Howard. A smarter plan might be waiting until No. 52 or No. 65, where Eastern Washington’s Cooper Kupp, East Carolina’s Zay Jones and USC’s JuJu Smith-Schuster are among the standout options.
Although running back, Fournette or otherwise, is a longshot in the first round, the position should also be in play for the second and third rounds, where Cleveland has been tied to controversial Oklahoma prospect Joe Mixon. The Browns also could wait until Day 3 and target Oklahoma’s Samaje Perrine, Texas’ D’Onta Foreman or Clemson’s Wayne Gallman. Expect Cleveland to come away with a good complementary prospect from each Cheap Jerseys Soccer position.