Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com reports that NFL GMs have informed people close to Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon that he should return to school next year as opposed to entering the NFL draft.
According to Pauline, the GMs told Mixon’s reps that it’s unlikely he’ll be drafted or even signed as an undrafted free agent after the video of him punching an Oklahoma student was released last week. In fact, Pauline says Mixon may not even receive an invitation to the NFL Combine should he declare for the draft.
Paulins adds that Mixon’s “best and possibly only option at this point” would be to return to Oklahoma, assuming that’s even an option. Sources have told Pauline that Mixon was given bad advice to stay silent regarding the issue and it may have actually helped him in terms of an NFL career to have the video released two years ago.
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 recently offered an apology to Molitor, his teammates and fans.
We saw the kind of impact a video had on the Ray Rice domestic abuse case a few years ago and it wouldn’t be a stretch to see NFL teams across the board remove him from their draft boards, even though Mixon is considered to be one of the most talented running backs in next year’s draft class.
During his college career at Oklahoma, Mixon has rushed for 1,936 yards on 282 carries (6.9 YPC) to go along with 60 receptions for 805 yards receiving and 24 total touchdowns over the courses of 24 games. Mixon has also contributed 504 kick return yards and a touchdown.