Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie calls RB Joe Mixon a good kid

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02: Oklahoma Sooners running back Joe Mixon (25) rushes the ball during the Sugar Bowl game between the Auburn Tigers and the Oklahoma Sooners on January 02, 2017, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by John Korduner/Icon Sportswire)
Photo by John Korduner/Icon Sportswire

The Oakland Raiders met with Sooners RB Joe Mixon. When asked about that visit, per Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said that they “thought he was a really good kid.”

Mixon missed time at Oklahoma because he got in a fight with a female student, punching her in the face and knocking her to the ground. The whole thing was caught on video. Though it was years ago now, it makes the talented running back very controversial, bringing up memories of Ravens RB Ray Rice, who was also caught on video punching his girlfriend – now wife – and knocking her out in an elevator. Rice was cut by the Ravens and never played another snap in the NFL.

Mixon is going to be drafted based on talent. Teams that meet with him are likely more interested in his personality and whether or not he’s going to get in trouble than anything else – which is what McKenzie appears to have been addressing. They already know he can play.

It’s also important to note that McKenzie wasn’t taking it lightly, either. According to Vic Tafur of the San Fransisco Chronicle, he also said: “We research everything. We will not tolerate that.”

Would the Raiders realistically draft Mixon? They did lose RB Latavius Murray to the Vikings. Much of it likely depends on Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch. If he doesn’t wind up joining the Raiders, they’ll be more likely to draft a running back. If he does eventually end up in Oakland, they could wait or at least not spend a high pick.

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