Although Joe Mixon will not be participating in the NFL Combine this month, he’ll still provide an opportunity for NFL decision makers to witness and evaluate the talent possessed. On March 8th, the Oklahoma Sooners host a Pro Day in which the running back has committed to partake in. However, that’s not good enough for one NFL GM.
The Detroit Lions’ GM, Bob Quinn, expressed a few thoughts to the media on Wednesday.
It’s really disappointing that he’s not here. We come here to see the best college football players…so there’s 330, 40 some off players here and for him not being here because of those issues, personally I don’t think that’s real fair because we have a lot of investigation that we want to do on him and to get him in one spot for all the teams would’ve been great. I’m not a part of those decisions about how those guys are chose, but I think it is a disappointment that guys like him—and there’s a few others you can put in that category—we’re going to be chasing around in the months of March and April, and it’s really unfair to the players, to be honest to you. The door’s open, and I’d just like to be able to get a chance to sit down with the people that know Joe, or Joe, and see what the circumstances were around the incident.
Although Quinn is the only executive to openly scrutinize the policy enforced by the NFL, is it safe to say others share a similar mindset? I, for one, am willing to make the leap. Why? It’s quite simple actually.
Mixon is largely considered a first round talent that drops into day two of the NFL Draft due to a misdemeanor charge in 2014. While the charge disqualifies the running back from participating in the NFL Combine per “the rules,” the move has effects that reach much further. With questions looming from numerous franchises, those looking to vet Mixon will no longer receive a convenient opportunity. Instead, those looking to draft future skill players must now make other arrangements in various states to complete the process.
Is it a weak argument? Most definitely for those who are paid the big bucks to complete the vetting process. On the flip side, is it accurate to base conclusions on information the media has provided? Not always!