Mike Garafolo of NFL Media is reporting that the Packers brought in Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon for a visit this week to get info and medical info that they didn’t get about him at the Combine.
The Packers are clearly in the market for running back help after losing Eddie Lacy in free agency to the Seahawks. Green Bay has come up as a potential landing spot for Adrian Peterson, but reports have said that they may wait and revisit the idea of adding him after this year’s draft.
Mixon has visited with the Saints, Chargers, Raiders, Bengals and Broncos this month and Aditi Kinkhabwala reported that the Lions, Saints, Bengals and Browns all met with Mixon privately before his Pro Day.
While there are obvious concerns about drafting someone like Mixon, all indications have been that some team is going to take on Day two of this year’s draft, possibly in the early portion of round two.
The NFL did not invite Mixon to the Combine last month, which actually drew some criticism from people around the league, seeing as he didn’t get an opportunity to face tough questions stemming from the incident that occurred a few years ago.
Some NFL evaluators believe he’s the most talented running back in this year’s draft class while others view him as a first-round talent. There’s no question that some teams won’t have him on their draft board at all, but it appears as though there’s a good chance some team will believe the reward far out ways the risk of drafting him.
It’s worth mentioning that Mixon has completed all his court-mandated requirements and is continuing to attend anger management classes, according to his agent.
In case you haven’t seen the video of the incident, The Oklahoman has it posted on their website.
Mixon punched an Oklahoma student, Amelia Molitor, in the face back in 2014 and was suspended from the football team for a season. However, the school allowed him to return after sitting out that season.
Molitor suffered fractured bones in her face from the incident and is currently suing Mixon in Oklahoma City federal court. Mixon just offered an apology to Molitor, his teammates and fans a few months ago.
During his college career at Oklahoma, Mixon has rushed for 2,027 yards on 301 carries (6.7 YPC) to go along with 65 receptions for 894 yards receiving and 26 total touchdowns over the courses of 25 games. Mixon has also contributed 504 kick return yards and a touchdown.
We’ll have more regarding Mixon as the news is available.