Joe Mixon-RB-Oklahoma
Size: 6’1 226lbs

Note: Over the past three years, Mixon’s off-field issues have overshadowed his on-field accomplishments. Named the No. 1 running back recruit in the country by some services, Mixon expected to make an instant impact. July 2014, however, by punching a female student after she shoved him. Mixon was suspended for the season, and more than two years later video of the incident was released, forcing him to publically apologize. Mixon was also suspended for one game this fall for disrespecting a parking attendant after receiving a ticket.

The rest of this article will not touch on his off-the-field issues. His draft stock will definitely take a hit, but below is the analysis on Joe Mixon the football player.

Joe Mixon
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Strengths:

  • Speed
  • Agility
  • Great hands
  • Powerful
  • Solid in pass protection
  • Great hips, fluid

Analysis: Joe Mixon has the potential to be the best back in this year’s very deep class. He has outstanding burst to go from the first level to third level. Goes from glide to burst quickly and can hit chunk plays between tackles and around corners. Can go from elusive to banger when he needs to. Will drop the pads and drive through tacklers in short yardage spots. Flashy feet for his size. Can jump-cut around defenders in tight quarters. Smooth hips help him swivel around the second and third levels. Mixon is a true three-down back. His best trait as a back may come from the passing game, an excellent route runner creating immediate separation. Soft hands to make the easy catch and the one-hander. Will step in and square up his blocking responsibilities in pass game.

Weaknesses:

  • Character
  • Vision
  • Played ‘slow’ at times
  • Got ‘dancy’ at times

Analysis: As mentioned above, the off-the-field issues will be the true test to where Mixon is drafted.  He looks for wide-open points of entry before he hits the gas, which in the NFL could cause lineman or linebackers to get him from behind. Dances downhill allowing running lanes to become creases. This makes me questions his vision, which I believe is lacking on tape– Fails to see backside cuts developing on stretch plays. Hops into his downhill cuts rather than a crisp plant-and-go.

NFL Comparison: Priest Holmes

Draft Projection: Early 3rd Round (Top 15 talent)

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