Mix Ready For Next Challenge

Wide receiver Anthony Mix talks about his performance at pro day and getting ready for the NFL Draft.

Auburn, Ala.--For wide receiver Anthony Mix, pro day on the Auburn campus was the icing on the cake for a solid pre-draft performance.

Now waiting on word from the NFL when the draft rolls around on April 29-30 in New York, the Auburn standout says that he has done all he can do to impress the NFL brass and now it's waiting time.

"Now I'll kind of relax and keep working out to stay in shape," Mix says. "I don't want to gain too much weight before the mini-camps begin. I'll just wait on some visits. I have talked with some scouts that are saying I'll possibly have some visits to line up. Basically it's all about relaxing right now and we'll see what happens."

Gaining weight is something many players want to accomplish as they head into the NFL, but that's not the goal for Mix. Checking in at 6-4 1/8, 235, Mix is determined to prove that he can be a wide receiver on the next level. Showing good hands and solid route running during the workout, he says that he believes he did just that in front of the over two dozen NFL scouts in attendance.

"It went well," Mix says. "We had fun. I was more relaxed. There wasn't as much pressure as there was at the combine. We all caught the ball well. Everybody did pretty good. We just had fun out here for the last time trying to do everything we can and impress the scouts.

"I think I did well," he adds. "I dropped the ball too much in Indianapolis personally. I ran well, but didn't do as well as I did the first time in the vertical. I don't vertical jump too well because I'm kind of a one-leg guy. I don't jump as well off two legs so I don't think that will hurt me. All of the other things I did well. I caught the ball well and ran routes well so it was good."

Mix concentrates on the ball during a drill at pro day in Auburn.

With solid times of 4.43 seconds in the short shuttle and 7.18 in the three-cone drill, Mix has very good quickness for a player his size. Throw in a vertical leap of 31 1/2 inches and a broad jump of 9 feet 7 inches and you also have the explosiveness NFL teams are looking for out of a bigger wide receiver.

A player who went past 1,000 receiving yards for his career in Auburn's final game of the 2005 season, Mix was up and down during much of his time as a Tiger. One thing he did well was finish plays when given the opportunity by running well after the catch.

Now Mix hopes to finish his last chapter at Auburn by being selected in the draft next month. If that happens, Mix will have his workout on pro day to thank for that. He says that having one last opportunity to be on the field with his former teammates made the day a special one and one he'll always remember.

"It was more relaxing," Mix says. "This is how we've practiced and played for the last four years. It was the same people out here watching, not too many new faces. Some of the scouts and coaches were here, but it was relaxing because I was around guys that I basically grew up with."


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