There has been plenty of debate since Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon was not invited to the NFL Combine because of his domestic violence incident from the summer of 2014. As a result, Mixon’s only chance to show his stuff to NFL scouts was at OU’s Pro Day, which was held on Wednesday.
Mixon ran his 40-yard dash in just over 4.4 seconds.
Joe Mixon’s 4.43 40.
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Mixon also went on to put up 21 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.
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Mixon’s 40-yard dash would have put him 4th at the NFL Combine behind UNC’s T.J. Logan, Utah’s Joe Williams, North Carolina AT&T’s Tarik Cohen and Coastal Carolina’s De’Angelo Henderson. Mixon finished ahead of Christian McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook.
Mixon’s bench press would have tied for 6th at the NFL Combine with Clemson’s Wayne Gallman, West Virginia’s Rushel Shell and USC’s Justin Davis.
Meantime, the Oklahoma running back’s vertical jump of 35” would have tied for 10th at the Combine. Mixon’s 7.09-second cone drill would have been 8th place, while Christian McCaffrey finished 1st place with 6.57 seconds. His 20-yard shuttle was 4.25 seconds, which would’ve been 5th place, right behind McCaffrey at 4.22 seconds.
As has been discussed throughout the day, Mixon’s numbers were very similar to Ezekiel Elliott’s from last year (4.47 40-yard dash, 9’10” broad jump, same as Mixon, and 32.5″ vertical).
Joe Mixon also spent a few minutes addressing reporters after his work out.
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Only one general manager and head coach attended the workout: Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer, along with running back coach Kennedy Polamalu. Mixon had several meetings set up after his pro day, but did not say with who.
Here’s the reality: Mixon is going to get drafted. It’s just a matter of who will pick up the running back and wind up with a an absolute steal. I don’t in any way condone what Mixon did, but I’m telling you, he’s going to be an absolute asset in the NFL as a return man, running back and slot receiver.
There’s no doubt about it.
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