Joe Mixon declared for the 2017 NFL Draft earlier this year after running for 1,274 yards and 10 touchdowns on 187 carries. The former Oklahoma running back is thought to have first-round potential and has interviewed with several NFL teams, one of them being the Oakland Raiders.
However, both the Patriots and the Dolphins have completely removed him off their draft boards according to the Boston Herald and the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero respectively.
Should the Raiders remove him off their draft board as well? Selecting him or not is not an easy choice.
Joe Mixon punched a woman on the face after she shoved him back in 2014. The criminal charges were dropped but there is video evidence of him hitting said woman, which effectively affected his draft stock and might go from potential first-round pick to a second or third day selection.
However you spin it, there’s no single instance where it’s acceptable to even think of hitting a woman. At the same time, the NFL is no moral authority; they are a business and they are entitled to maximize their profits as they see fit. It is up to us if we want to invest in the product or not.
Joe Mixon ran a 4.5 40 yard-dash at his “Pro Day” according to NFL.com‘s Chase Goodbread, and has the potential to be a receiver threat out of the backfield or out of the slot. He might not be as good as Leonard Fournette or Christian McCaffrey, but he’s still good enough to garner the attention of scouts and general managers.
Whoever picks him, will do so because of his talent, not because of his moral values or lack thereof. If he’s selected, he will have the opportunity to redeem himself and show that he is a changed man. He might sincerely be a better person now, he may have changed; the only way to know is to give him the opportunity to do so.
On the other hand, if the Raiders select him, are they enabling him? Are they implicitly saying that it is ok for him to hit a woman as long as he scores touchdowns on Sundays? Would any of the scouts or general managers feel the say way about him if the woman had been any of their wives’? Their daughter? Their mother? I wouldn’t feel comfortable selecting Joe Mixon in any rounds or even signing him as an undrafted free agent. I wouldn’t be able to look at my mom with a straight face and say, “but he has talent.”
There are thousands of players begging for the chance to play in the NFL and as much as I would love to see him wear Silver and Black and as much as he could improve the Raiders; they are better off without him.