Joe Mixon: The Top Talent in the NFL Draft

by Kevin McHugh ·

Height: 6-1
Weight: 228
Age: 20.6
40 Time: 4.50 (74th percentile)
Speed Score: 113.2 (93rd percentile)
Burst Score: 118.5 (45th percentile)
Agility Score: 11.25 (57th percentile)
Bench: 21 reps (59th percentile)

Best Comparable: Ezekiel Elliott

Joe Mixon declared for the 2017 NFL Draft after a stellar sophomore campaign at Oklahoma. Mixon rushed for 1,274 yards on only 187 carries, and tacked on 37 receptions for 538 yards and 5 touchdowns. Averaging 6.8 yards per carry and 8.1 yards per touch, Mixon scored 15 total touchdowns despite splitting carries with Samaje Perine.

Joe Mixon-Running Back

Joe Mixon Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

Joe Mixon displays all the tools necessary to be a successful NFL running back, but the most impressive aspect of his game may be his receiving skills. Mixon averaged 13.8 yards per reception on 65 catches over two seasons, as he was able to function in both the short and downfield passing game. Mixon was also able to maintain his efficiency over the course of two college seasons, as he increased his yards per touch from 7.9 in his freshman season to 8.1 despite handling 83 more touches. His 6.8 yards per carry in college ranks in the 91st-percentile among NFL running backs.  While Mixon’s 24.7-percent College Dominator Rating only places him in the 42nd percentile, keep in mind that Mixon was second on the team in carries next to Samaje Perine. Mixon still gained 214 more rushing yards than Perine in 2016, and was far and away the better receiving back.

Unfortunately, Joe Mixon was not invited to the 2017 NFL Combine, presumably due to an incident in 2014 where Mixon was captured assaulting a woman on videotape. Mixon was suspended for the 2014 season.

Joe Mixon did put on a show at his pro day, running a 4.50 (74th-percentile) 40-Yard Dash and posting a 113.2 (95th-percentile) Speed Score. He also put up 21 reps on the bench press. Mixon’s athletic profile is comparable to Ezekiel Elliot’s, and his pro day workout confirmed his status as perhaps the most talented running back in the 2017 NFL draft class. Although Joe Mixon’s draft stock is destined to take a hit due to his past, the fact remains that he is a supreme athletic talent, and will likely be a steal for any team that ends up with him.