Finding Broncos: Scouting Oklahoma Running Back Joe Mixon

Senior Draft Analyst Erick trickel examines one of, if not the, most controversial players in this years draft — Joe Mixon out of Oklahoma.

Joe Mixon, Running Back, Oklahoma Sooners


Height: 6’1”

Weight: 226

Combine Results

Not invited.

Pro Day Results

40-Yard Dash: 4.43 seconds

Bench Press (225 lbs): 21 reps

Vertical Jump: 35 inches

Broad Jump: 118 inches

3-Cone Drill: 7 seconds

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.25 seconds




Major concerns. Was suspended for the entire 2014 season after he punched a woman in the face, which was caught on camera. 


Year Rush Att Yards TD Receptions Yards TD
2015 113 753 7 28 356 4
2016 187 1,274 10 37 538 5


Will square up in pass protection and do his duties. Outstanding burst to go from first to the second and again to the third level, which picks up big chunks of yards instantly. Both elusive and hard hitting with his runs, depends on what is needed.

Devastating as a receiver out of the backfield and one of the best receiving backs in the Draft. Has a great jump-cut to evade defenders. Smoothest hips in the class. Can change direction on a dime and uses that to misguide linebackers.

Has a surprising extra gear to take off for home runs. Three-down back that can block or be a receiver. Soft hands out of the backfield. Route running is outstanding and better than many receivers in this class.


Concerns with character that go beyond the domestic violence incident. Had a run in with a parking attendant after he got ticketed. Inconsistent between the tackles due to being too patient.

Looks for huge holes often before going instead of just getting up-field instantly. Dances too much at times. Average vision.

Doesn’t see the cuts and opening lanes on the backside of the play. Hops often instead of planting and going on his cuts.


The talent is outstanding and Mixon is a first round prospect, based on talent alone. However, there are two incidents that saw him get suspended.

One for a only a game after an exchange with a parking attendant over a ticket. Then, of course, the one everyone knows about where he knocked out a woman, which was all caught on tape.

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Teams have to balance risk vs reward here and be wary of the backlash in the fanbase when they select Mixon. The thing is, that backlash will occur no matter when they draft him, so if they like him why should they wait on him?

Fit With The Broncos

Mixon can do so many different things that would help out the Denver Broncos rushing attack. He gives them a true three-down option that has some speed to balance out with what the Broncos have, but isn’t just a speed runner.

With his route running, you could also line him up as a receiver in the slot and create havoc that way as well. Of course, it all comes down to the character and how the Broncos see him growing as a person from those incidents.

Draft Grade: Top 20 (talent alone), Round 4 (character)

Where He Goes: Round 2-4

Insider's Take: Per sources, I'd had multiple team scouts express to me that if Mixon is there for their picks in the third round, he would likely be their choice. The third round is the breaking point of taking him and dealing with the backlash.

The same scouts also credit the Kansas City Chiefs for showing how to handle these situations to quiet down the backlash from fans when they selected Tyreek Hill.

Erick Trickel is the Senior Draft Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ErickTrickel.

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