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Is Joe Mixon sliding?

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At a time when the impression had been created that running back Joe Mixon is climbing, the truth could be the opposite.

Gil Brandt of NFL.com has issued his list of the top 150 players in the draft, and the list completely omits the former Oklahoma running back.

Thirteen running backs other than Mixon made the list: Leonard Fournette (No. 2); Christian McCaffrey (No. 12); Dalvin Cook (No. 25); Curtis Samuel (No. 35); Samaje Perine (No. 64); Alvin Kamara (No. 78); Brian Hill (No. 80); D’Onta Foreman (No. 87); James Conner (No. 90); Donnel Pumphrey (No. 129); Kareem Hunt (No. 132); Jeremy McNichols (No. 141); Tarik Cohen (No. 143).

Mike Mayock of NFL Media has said that he wouldn’t draft Mixon because of the off-field punch to a female’s face that was caught on camera in 2014. But that’s just one person’s assessment; Brandt presumably is ranking the players based on how all teams view them. Indeed, Mayock still has Mixon at No. 5 among running backs even though Mayock wouldn’t write Mixon’s name on a draft card.

Brandt’s rankings come at a time when there’s a palpable buzz that Mixon may indeed linger much longer than expected. While the “anonymous scouts” have yet to trash Mixon (then again, they often only trash the guys the scouts hope will slide into their laps), multiple league sources who have investigated the situation believe that Mixon may be waiting beyond round two or three.

At least one source has suggested that Mixon possibly won’t be drafted at all. That would be a shock if it happens, to everyone but the source. And Gil Brandt.

UPDATE 11:35 a.m. ET: Brandt says that this is his personal board only, and that he’d be surprised if Mixon is still available in the middle of round two. This doesn’t change the current buzz that Mixon could linger, although it takes only one team at any given time to end the slide.

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41 Responses to “Is Joe Mixon sliding?”
  1. walker615 says: Apr 18, 2017 10:41 AM

    This is nothing but noise. He is getting drafted in the 2nd round.

  2. kissmysandwich says: Apr 18, 2017 10:54 AM

    From everything I’ve read, this was an isolated incident. No wrap sheet. No history of domestic violence. Someone’s going to draft him in the 2nd round.

  3. jluckow says: Apr 18, 2017 10:56 AM

    Talent-wise, he’s as good as Fournette. Not quite as dangerous and powerful as a pure runner, but a much better receiver. If he didn’t have the incident, we’d talk about him as a top 5 pick just like Fournette. I still think he’ll go on day 2. The risk-reward dictates it.

  4. DawgPound83 says: Apr 18, 2017 11:00 AM

    Sorry but the NFL doesn’t align with reality. Talent trumps all, even a female’s broken jaw.

    No way he makes it past Cleveland at the top of the 3rd.

  5. realfootballfan says: Apr 18, 2017 11:02 AM

    He’s not sliding. He’s going in the 5th or 6th round. For all of the talk of him running up to this draft, his production wasn’t that great in college, and he has other incidents besides the altercation with the woman that suggests he has an anger problem. No GM is putting their job on the line for that with so many other RBs in the draft. He’ll come off the board late for that reason.

  6. trubroncfan07 says: Apr 18, 2017 11:07 AM

    Mayock waffles all the time, one minute he loves the guy the next he does not, if you have multiple opinions on the same guy, you are never wrong on your evaluation.

  7. grumpysal says: Apr 18, 2017 11:07 AM

    Yup, he slid a slight to the right before launching that overhand haymaker to the girls face. Probably nothing to worry about though, someone will pick him up because he’s apologized 2 years after the incident so it’s all good.

  8. robert831 says: Apr 18, 2017 11:10 AM

    He shouldn’t be drafted at all, nor should he even be eligible to be drafted.

  9. parmelng says: Apr 18, 2017 11:20 AM

    Gil doesn’t list Chad Kelly in the top 150 either. So he might be omitting any player that was omitted from the combine invite list. Which he assembles.

  10. elyasm says: Apr 18, 2017 11:21 AM

    I still say he goes to the Bengals in the third round with the 73rd pick.

  11. slickspielman says: Apr 18, 2017 11:26 AM

    To the Vikings at pick 48. It’s a wrap cuzz!

  12. dawoger says: Apr 18, 2017 11:27 AM

    This is “fake new!” If he’s available in the 2nd rd when the Barney’s pick, he’s off the board. Hyper-desperation to win a Lombardi has spun the needle on their moral compass in the wrong direction. In fact, their needle is pointing straight ahead down the road to perdition.

  13. greeksensation says: Apr 18, 2017 11:29 AM

    But Dalvin Cook is still draftable?
    Robbery 2009
    Firing a weapon on school property 2010
    Mistreatment of dogs 2014
    Criminal mischief (BB gun damage) 2014
    Assault
    2015

  14. joetoronto says: Apr 18, 2017 11:31 AM

    He should slide right to oblivion, there are no excuses for what he did.

  15. waynefontesismyfather says: Apr 18, 2017 11:33 AM

    As long as he slides into whatever round/spot Detroit picks him at I’ll sleep fine at night.

  16. kfoyo808 says: Apr 18, 2017 11:35 AM

    Vikes may have had enough abusive RBs for a while… 🙂

    If he’s there in the 4th round for Eagles, no way he gets past them. Not much risk for 4th round pick. Lots of potential reward.

    Ryan Mathews is a FA either come June when he gets cut, or immediately after season.

    Heck, I’d be happy with Pumphrey in 4th too. He’s a beast.

  17. deadspindeluxe says: Apr 18, 2017 11:44 AM

    “From everything I’ve read, this was an isolated incident. No wrap sheet. No history of domestic violence.”

    Breaking a woman’s jaw isn’t an isolated incident. It is on his wrap sheet and it IS a history of domestic violence. Seriously, what is wrong with you?

  18. seahawkboymike says: Apr 18, 2017 11:47 AM

    grumpysal says:

    Yup, he slid a slight to the right before launching that overhand haymaker to the girls face. Probably nothing to worry about though, someone will pick him up because he’s apologized 2 years after the incident so it’s all good.
    ——————————————————————
    She physically assaulted him first. You left that part out.

  19. intrafinesse says: Apr 18, 2017 11:51 AM

    Hopefully he’s not drafted in round 1, where the big money is.
    If he’s taken in the 2nd round, at least he loses out on a few million.

  20. intrafinesse says: Apr 18, 2017 11:53 AM

    Sorry, but what he did to that woman is worse than mistreating dogs.
    I don’t know about you, but I value humans a lot more than animals.

    Now as for the other stuff, Cook sounds like a criminal and red flags should be waving when drafting him.

    >>greeksensation says:
    Apr 18, 2017 11:29 AM
    But Dalvin Cook is still draftable?
    Robbery 2009
    Firing a weapon on school property 2010
    Mistreatment of dogs 2014
    Criminal mischief (BB gun damage) 2014
    Assault
    2015

  21. bighairbingopro says: Apr 18, 2017 12:02 PM

    Late first round.

  22. fattyriver says: Apr 18, 2017 12:07 PM

    There is absolutely no excuse for what he did. He should have never played at Oklahoma after the assault, and he should have gone to jail. I love football and watch regularly every sunday, but if the eagles draft him I’ll find something else to do with my sundays.

  23. greeksensation says: Apr 18, 2017 12:14 PM

    ^^^^^^^^
    Agreed! What I’m referring to is a behavior pattern that to me is crystal clear with Cook, rather than an isolated incident that was purely reactionary. I don’t condone either and was as disgusted as the next person when I saw the video, but I’m confused how Cook is getting a free pass with the media.

  24. realfootballfan says: Apr 18, 2017 12:21 PM

    >>greeksensation ,

    I guess questioning or suspicion equals convictions for this clown as Cook has never been in trouble with the law. Mistreatment of dogs was a citation for having them chained together, lol. The assault case was so laughable that half of a jury of women acquitted him in less than an hour. You need to get some help if you think that minor stuff equals knocking a woman’s eye socket out of place.

  25. fmc651 says: Apr 18, 2017 12:25 PM

    packers might as well take Mixon they have been projected to take D.Cook in the 1st.

  26. greeksensation says: Apr 18, 2017 12:53 PM

    You’re the one comparing the two clown! I simply indicated Cook is getting a free pass. You can dismiss each account one by one if you like. Call it being in the wrong place at the wrong time or a just a victim of circumstance, whatever excuse an enabler needs to convince himself. What the rest of us see is a behavioral pattern that’s spanned several years

  27. fsstnotch says: Apr 18, 2017 12:54 PM

    18yr old kid makes one reactionary mistake and everyone acts like he should be unemployed his whole life! I can’t believe there are so many perfect people on pft!

    What the kid did was wrong, he was given terrible advice to have no contact with the girl, even after asking to do so… but you can’t change that now.

    He will be drafted 2nd or 3rd round.

  28. nathanp2013 says: Apr 18, 2017 1:00 PM

    kissmysandwich says:
    —————————–
    Then you you haven’t read much at all. He was suspended in 2016 for assaulting another woman. Granted, he didn’t break her skull in 3 places; but, he did hit her in the face with a thrown object.

    2 different suspensions for assaulting women seems like a pathological pattern of abuse towards women.

  29. halfcentaur says: Apr 18, 2017 1:20 PM

    So i guess being a woman gives you the right to spit on people, scream slurs at people, and strike people in the face without repercussion, reaction or consequence? Oh but yeah, equality, right?

    Here’s a thought: if you don’t wanna get hit, then don’t get in someone’s face like a lunatic and start hitting them first

    It was two people both acting arrogantly and impulsively.

    Just being a woman doesn’t make you a victim, and you can’t play the “women are equal and can do everything men can do” card then turn around the second it doesn’t suit you anymore and play the “i’m just a poor little helpless girl” card so you can pursue lawsuits over a fight you started.

    Equality goes both ways, good and bad.

  30. dietrich43 says: Apr 18, 2017 1:21 PM

    Seems like a fit for the Raiders.

  31. fsstnotch says: Apr 18, 2017 1:23 PM

    nathanp2013 says:
    Apr 18, 2017 1:00 PM

    kissmysandwich says:
    —————————–
    Then you you haven’t read much at all. He was suspended in 2016 for assaulting another woman. Granted, he didn’t break her skull in 3 places; but, he did hit her in the face with a thrown object.

    2 different suspensions for assaulting women seems like a pathological pattern of abuse towards women.

    __________________________

    The second suspension was for tearing up a parking ticket and throwing it on the ground in front of the parking attendant.

  32. abninf says: Apr 18, 2017 1:47 PM

    kissmysandwich says:

    From everything I’ve read, this was an isolated incident. No wrap sheet. No history of domestic violence.
    ======================================

    He’s only 20 years old and already has more of a history of domestic violence than most get in their lifetimes.

  33. realfootballfan says: Apr 18, 2017 1:47 PM

    greeksensation ,

    When you’re not convicted of anything, there is nothing to give a free pass for clown. The only one on your list that he was ever cited for was the chaining of pit bulls together. The rest was questioning or the laughable assault case that went to trial where he was acquitted by a half female jury, something that apparently isn’t good enough for you. On the other hand, we have Mixon knocking out a woman’s eye socket. The sane ones of us see how these 2 things are not the same.

  34. nathanp2013 says: Apr 18, 2017 3:28 PM

    fsstnotch
    ————-
    He threw it at her face and hit her on the face then he got in his car a menaced her by revving the engine and following her.

    Not a great look for a guy that stalked a women into a restaurant and sexually harassing her and slurring at her gay friend.

  35. nathanp2013 says: Apr 18, 2017 3:36 PM

    fsstnotch says:
    ———————-
    I may not be perfect… but it doesn’t even take being a below average man walk away from a slap. It wasn’t reactionary either… he harassed her on the street rudely propositioning a stranger for sex, stalked her into the restaurant where he continued to harass her at her table before slurring at her friend.

    Regarding the parking ticket… he ripped it up an threw it at her face where it hit her in the face. Then got in his car followed the attendant while revving his engine… neither of those incidents are reactionary. He put himself in those positions after minutes of bad behavior.

  36. cougar69rt03 says: Apr 18, 2017 3:45 PM

    Take him Vikes

  37. chrisk61 says: Apr 20, 2017 12:13 PM

    eagles grab him in rd 2

    and then for next 10 yrs, it is prescott-elliott vs wentz-mixon

  38. tonebones says: Apr 20, 2017 10:29 PM

    The personnel people that I talk to don’t have Gil Brandt rated in their top 150 talent evaluators. Believe me, nobody is calling Gil for his input these days. That ship sailed a long, long time ago. It’s good to see him, but you really just need to press mute when he talks.

  39. blowfishes says: Apr 21, 2017 1:01 PM

    If there is a run on offensive lineman before the they select in the second round, and assuming that Mixon is still available, I can’t see the Vikings passing on him.

    Yes they have needs in other positions, but it is doubtful that the better defensive tackles or safeties will still be around, and it’s also unlikely that there will be a receiver of linebacker with the right value available.

    Mike Zimmer would be the right coach for this young man to start making somethiing positive of his life.

  40. redpack1 says: Apr 22, 2017 9:10 AM

    I hope Green Bay takes him in round 1 or trades out of round 1 into the early 2nd round and takes him! The kid did WRONG and a TERRIBLE thing BUT he paid his debt already!
    I don’t know what you people want? Is he suppose to be unemployed and homeless for the rest of his life? This did not happen yesterday it has been over 2 years.

    Oklahoma punished him hard and the media has punished hard and the scouts and NFL has already punished him “no combine” and now he will make less money then his talent is worth. It is his own fault I get that but now give him his second chance.

  41. Kelly Smith says: Apr 26, 2017 9:31 AM

    Nice article, thanks

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