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Draft insider Tony Pauline says the Bengals are "seriously considering" Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon at the top of round two.

Josh Norris recently mocked Mixon to this exact spot at pick No. 41. Mixon already visited the Bengals, and the team has been known to take more risks in free agency and the draft in comparison to their counterparts. Why? Likely due to the overlap between the coaching staff and the scouting staff, along with the team's owner being involved in the process.
Mar 30 - 10:01 AM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah reports that "every GM/scout" he has spoken with regarding Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon sees him being drafted in the second round.

After months of uncertainty regarding Mixon's draft position -- there were reports over the winter that he could go undrafted due to his well-documented outburst of violence against a woman in the summer of 2014 -- Day 2 is looking more and more likely. And perhaps early on Day 2, at that. Not everybody is interested, though. Among the teams that have reportedly already ruled themselves out of the running for the former Sooner, the Patriots and Dolphins. As for the parties who do not appear to be checking out, the Saints, Chargers, Raiders and Broncos have all either previously met with Mixon or plan on doing so in the near future.
Mar 29 - 1:05 PM

The Saints will bring in Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon for a visit, according to head coach Sean Payton.

The Saints will likely add a running back in the draft, the question is how early. Mixon will likely be selected in the second or third round, and the Saints are also in possession of the No. 32 overall pick after trading Brandin Cooks. Again, expect Mixon to visit a number of teams so those clubs can "get to know him," as he was not available for NFL Combine interviews.
Mar 29 - 11:16 AM

Patriots beat writer Jeff Howe cites sources saying the team "will not even consider drafting Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon."

"While I believe in second chances and giving players an opportunity for redemption, I also believe that playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right," owner Bob Craft said at the owner's meetings. This is not a new stance for the Patriots and players with a history of abusing women. Also, the Patriots roster is in a place where they do not have to make exceptions or take risks in order to win. We believe Mixon will be drafted in the second round.
Mar 29 - 10:01 AM

Kentucky graduate WR Jeff Badet transferred to Oklahoma.

Badet visited the Sooners at the beginning of March. He had also been eyeing West Virginia, but Mountaineers HC Dana Holgorsen lost this particular Big 12 battle to Sooners HC Bob Stoops. This past season, Badet registered 31 catches for 670 yards and a quartet of touchdowns. A deep burner who ranked sixth in the FBS with a 21.6 yards per reception mark in 2016, the 6-foot, 180-pounder now-former Wildcat could see a legitimate statistical bump during the coming season now that he will have Heisman contender Baker Mayfield slinging the ball his way.
Mar 28 - 4:15 PM

Dolphins beat writer Armando Salguero spoke with one person in the organization who said there is a "zero percent chance" Miami selects Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon in the upcoming draft.

Expect a number of similar statements to leak out in the coming weeks, as teams already know if Mixon will be on or off their board. The talented running back will visit a large amount of teams, and even more will travel to Oklahoma for private sessions, in the hopes of getting to know Mixon on a better level.
Mar 27 - 10:19 AM

ESPN's Herm Edwards says he wouldn't draft Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon if he were still in the NFL.

Edwards said doing so would make it hard time to address his team and look at his daughters. Which is fair enough. But it's one thing to say so from the safety of a broadcasting stage, and quite another to be seeking competitive advantages at every turn as a sitting NFL head coach. Mixon, sordid past and all, is gaining steam as the pre-Draft process rolls along.
Mar 23 - 1:43 PM

ESPN's Jim Trotter reports Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon is scheduled to visit the Chargers.

Mixon is making his rounds in the AFC West, previously visiting the Broncos and the Raiders along with the Bengals before that. We always make this statement, but the only opinions that matter in Mixon's fate are General Managers, head coaches and team owners. We are almost certain that Mixon will be selected on the second day of the draft. Expect him to visit more teams and host more private workouts than many other prospects, since teams did not have the opportunity to interview him at the NFL Combine.
Mar 22 - 9:17 AM

An NFC regional scout said that Oklahoma DL Charles Walker "has talent but he's just so inconsistent."

"He has quickness and strength but then will just disappear during the game," the scout said, though he also added that "[Walker] has enough flashes on tape that I'm sure our coach will want to work with that." The 6-foot-2, 310-pounder could potentially land as a late Day 2/early Day 3 selection. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares him to Buccaneers DT Clinton McDonald and writes that, despite some concerns over his consistency and health -- he reportedly has dealt with multiple concussions -- "his athleticism and potential give him a chance to become an NFL starter."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 21 - 6:52 PM

Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon visited the Raiders on Monday, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN.

It is unclear if this counts as one of the Raiders' 30 allotted visits, as Mixon is from the Bay Area. Mixon previously visited the Broncos and the Bengals. More teams will host the talented running back, and an even larger number will visit Oklahoma's campus. Mixon was not invited to the NFL Combine, so these meetings will be important in gauging a team's comfort with Mixon on a personal level.
Mar 21 - 10:33 AM

An AFC regional scout told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that Oklahoma WR Dede Westbrook lacks the speed component of Texans WR Will Fuller.

"I've heard other scouts compare him to Will Fuller but that's just too much in my opinion. Fuller's football speed was off the charts," the scout explained. "Fuller would get his separation on speed alone but I think Westbrook is helped out a little bit by the offense Oklahoma runs. I like him but I don't 'Will Fuller like him.'" Even if he doesn't have the lightning speed of Fuller, speed is most definitely Westbrook's game. On pro day, he ran the 40-yard dash in a scintillating 4.34 seconds. However, he also struggled in agility drills. That lack of shimmy, coupled with what Tony Pauline reported as "horrible" interviews at the Combine, could relegate Westbrook to a late Day 3 selection or even a slide out of the draft altogether.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 18 - 3:49 PM

Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon is visiting the Broncos on Thursday, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN.

Mixon previously visited the Bengals. The Broncos could be looking to upgrade their running back position with C.J. Anderson completing the guarantees on his contract and Devontae Booker failing to show much as a rookie. Mixon is arguably the most talented ball carrier in the class, but missed an entire season after punching a female in 2014. It is impossible to place his draft status. The decision will totally be up to the head coach, general manager and, most importantly, team owner.
Source: ESPN
Mar 16 - 12:56 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine to Michael Turner.

"Perine is capable of handling a full workload," writes the PFF analysis team, "but he is probably best suited in a role as a power back paired with a more dynamic player to handle part of the workload and passing situations." Per CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, the Vikings, Steelers and Panthers were all showing interest in Perine during Wednesday's pro day. He is a probable Day 2 selection for this spring's draft.
Mar 12 - 3:22 PM

ESPN's Katherine Terrell reports that the Cincinnati Bengals will host Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon for a pre-draft visit.

Now that Mixon has gone through his pro day -- he aced it -- we should start to get a clear idea of which teams might be seriously considering taking the leap with the talented-but-controversial Sooner. The Bengals already have a big dog runners in Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard, but the former is more of a straight-ahead plow back, while the latter is currently recovering from a torn ACL suffered in November. At least in terms of a football fit, Mixon makes complete sense.
Mar 12 - 1:24 PM

The dash-cam footage of Oklahoma redshirt senior QB Baker Mayfield being tackled and arrested in late February has surfaced.

Mayfield was arrested in Arkansas on charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and fleeing after he became antsy when police asked him to stay put following his breaking up a confrontation between two other parties. When he attempted to run, he got all of three steps in before an officer tackled him against a low wall. Mayfield, a Heisman hopeful for 2017, has since apologized for the arrest. The video can be viewed at the source link.
Mar 11 - 1:21 PM


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