Joe Mixon came to Oklahoma touted as one of the top running backs in the country. Once he made the field, following a one-year suspension, he certainly wasn’t a disappointment either. Averaging nearly seven yards per carry in 2016, he was selected as a first-team All-Conference member. Mixon also ranked top five nationally with 194 all-purpose yards per game and scored a total of sixteen touchdowns.
Mixon literally has all the tools. He’s got size (6-1/226). He’s got a quick burst and gliding speed. He can jump-cut defenders, outrace them, or just lower his shoulder and power through them. He has soft hands for touch passes and runs crisp routes out of the backfield. He even squares around well on blocking assignments. Mixon will be a true every-down back in the NFL.
Every player has a weakness and Mixon is no exception. He can be a bit too patient, at times, on inside runs and his field vision hasn’t developed to the point yet where he can see backside cuts.
Philadelphia Eagles (2nd Round) | Mixon is a legitimate first round talent but speculation is that off the field issues will prevent him from being selected as such. I wouldn’t put it past Green Bay to take him at the end of the first round but he’s more than likely to slide into the second where Philly will be thanking the football gods if he’s still sitting there when their turn comes.