Scouting the NFL Draft: Joe Mixon

The former Big 12 star is a dynamic force that could provide an immediate boost to a Giants backfield that is lacking quality depth.

Despite the controversy surrounding Joe Mixon, no one can deny that he has the talent. The measurables are all there: Mixon is 6-foot-1, 227 pounds with superior speed. His 4.43 40-yard dash time would have ranked fourth among the top running backs at the combine.

He’s a versatile player, who can also return kicks and be explosive in the backfield. Mixon is also a great route runner and can create that necessary separation. In his two seasons at Oklahoma, Mixon left a permanent imprint on the Big 12 program. He finished last season with 1274 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. 

Although he has the numbers to back up his game, Mixon’s success has always been affected by his questionable character off of the field. During his first year at Oklahoma, he was involved in an altercation and charged with assault. As a result, he was suspended from the team for the entire season. National headlines soon erupted, dubbing him abusive toward women and questioning his persona. The controversy continued in 2016 when Mixon allegedly tore up a parking citation and threw it in the attendant’s face.

The young RB can help give some spark to the Giants running game after releasing vet Rashad Jennings. With Paul Perkins as the new go-to, Mixon would be adding to some young talent. However, Mixon’s character may be too risky to gamble on despite the potential he has as one of the most talented running backs in the draft. 

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