Joe Mixon, not invited to the NFL Draft combine, will be at Oklahoma's Pro Day

Former Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon was one of several 2017 NFL Draft prospects not invited to the annual scouting combine because of past conduct. The NFL has recently taken action to stiff-arm players who have convictions involving violence or use of a weapon, domestic violence, a sexual offense or sexual assault.

Though Mixon was never convicted -- he accepted a plea deal that included one year of probation, counseling and 100 hours of community service -- the misdemeanor charge and fallout from striking a female in 2014 has put him in the same category of concern for many NFL teams

According to the NFL Network, those NFL scouts that won’t be able to see him at the combine (March 3-6) will get their own opportunity a few days later in Norman, Oklahoma, as Mixon will participate in Oklahoma’s Pro Day on March 8

While Mixon’s talent has always been apparent, the release of the video of him punching a woman in 2014, which led to him sitting out his freshman season with s a redshirt, will certainly be something NFL teams must consider during the draft process. Mixon’s ability was described as “first-round talent” to the Oklahoman by an NFL scout, but the release of the video will certainly impact his draft stock negatively.

Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma administration have stood up for Mixon throughout this process, promoting the growth he’s experienced since making that poor decision during his first months on campus. Though extremely late, Mixon has apologized to the victim -- first in a letter and then in a lengthy press conference in which, for the first time, he took full responsibility for his actions.

Mixon rushed for 1,274 yards and 10 touchdowns on 187 carries in 2016, and his 6.8 yards-per-carry average was ranked ninth in the nation for ball carriers with more than 150 touches. He also had 37 catches for 538 yards and five touchdowns as a receiver out of the backfield, making him an all-around offensive threat.

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