NFL teams looking for a running back will have a number of intriguing prospects to choose from in this year’s NFL Draft. From Leonard Fournette to Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey, there’s no shortage of talent in the backfield.
But one prospect who will be the subject of much debate is former Oklahoma star Joe Mixon, who was suspended his freshman year after punching a woman in a bar during a 2014 incident and accepted a plea deal. Video of Mixon throwing the punch that broke four bones in the woman’s face was released in December.
Mixon is considered to have first-round talent, but the off-field incident could see him slip to the second or third round. FOX Sports college football analyst Joel Klatt was on “The Herd” on Thursday and offered three reasons he believes Mixon will not hear his name called during Day 1 of the draft.
The football reason
“I don’t think his value based on the other players in this draft is gonna be there with his incidents also in the rearview mirror. So that’s one.”
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The fiscal reason
“If a player’s going to be – or a suit or a house or a car – is going to be on sale next week, you don’t buy it for full price this week. You just don’t. It’s fiscally irresponsible for a team to draft him in the first round because the demand is not suggesting that they have to. It’s just not. There are teams that are going to take him off their draft board. That’s just the facts, whether you like it or not.
“And a team that likes him and is gonna keep him on their draft board, the value of where he is at is going to depend on the demand around the league. And so as demand starts to weaken for Joe Mixon, then his value weakens because they know they can get him for second-round or third-round money, not first-round money.”
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The public relations argument
“If you select him in the first round, you’re inviting a firestorm of media attention and second-guessing that I don’t think a lot of organizations want. Now I don’t think it’s the same type of backlash if it’s the second or third round because as a society – and I think Shannon [Sharpe] pointed this out pretty eloquently this morning when I was on with him on ‘Undisputed’ – we believe in second chances. But not if you’re gonna make a lot of money in that second chance. So as his money goes down, people’s outrage will go down as well.”