NFL Draft Rumors: Philadelphia Eagles Undecided On Drafting Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon?

By Raymund Tamayo, Posted: 04/20/17 02:59PM EDT
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The Eagles appear to be undecided whether to draft Oklahoma Sooners running back Joe Mixon or not.(Photo : Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Contradicting reports are out when it comes to the Philadelphia Eagles' interest in drafting controversial Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon. Despite his top-caliber skillset, the Sooners graduate has been notorious for off-the-field incidents of domestic violence in the past, making NFL teams wary in selecting him in the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft next week.

In October 2014, Mixon was charged with misdemeanor after punching a woman in the face inside a cafeteria following what seemed like a heated argument between the two. The confrontation was caught on video and was used as evidence against the young football player. Some analysts believe that it dropped Mixon's draft stock this year, although there are still several teams, which are rumored to be interested in drafting him in the first round, particularly the Eagles.

However, another punching allegation has recently emerged after a man named Anthony Hernandez claimed that Mixon had punched his daughter during his stay at the Freedom High School in Oakley, California. "I know for a fact he threw my daughter to the ground and hit her," said Hernandez. "I went to the school and they hid him in the office. He got no punishment."

CBS Philly's Andrew Porter said that the 20-year-old rusher is "already off the Eagles' board" because of the accusation, citing 94WIP's Howard Eskin's tweet about the matter. Leading NFL analyst Mike Mayock agreed with Eskin, saying that "I wouldn't touch Joe Mixon if I was a GM" for the 2014 video alone.

However, a more recent report by USA Today said that Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has given his go-signal to draft Mixon. The report went on to say that around five or six clubs are actually looking to get the 6-foot, 226-pound running back with their respective owners' blessings.

Aside from the Eagles, the New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals, and Oakland Raiders are rumored to be targeting him as a first-round choice. Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys could also draft him in the second round if he is still available.



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