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With hype growing, Vikings might not have to make a decision on Joe Mixon

By Matthew Coller

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Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, general manager Rick Spielman and running back’s coach Kennedy Polamalu all attended Oklahoma’s pro day, presumably to take a close look at running back Joe Mixon.

One of the biggest storylines at the NFL Draft in late April will be whether Mixon is selected in the first round. The dynamic running back is a first-round talent, but has major off-field concerns stemming from a 2014 incident in which he punched a woman and broke her jaw.

Mixon was banned from the NFL Combine, so teams couldn’t interview him or watch him run drills in Indianapolis. At that time, it appeared he would be a mid-to-late round pick. That would leave the Vikings, who do not have a first-round selection, with a choice of whether to fill an open running back spot with the high-risk running back with the 48th overall pick.

Now it appears possible that the decision will be taken out of their hands. ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper called Mixon the best all-around running back in the draft.

Consider that this isn’t an ordinary draft for running backs. Rick Spielman called it the deepest he’s ever seen and Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffery and Dalvin Cook are already projected as first-rounders. So Mixon is a special prospect.

A simple Google search reveals that his stock is trending toward being a high pick.

The first round will be a game of chicken. There will be many teams who are interested, none of them will want to select him in the first, but someone very well might because they’re afraid of other teams hitting it big.

Judging by history, players with questionable backgrounds rarely cause a stir within fan bases, but since there is a video of Mixon’s punch, he could bring along significant uproar. His situation has been compared to Tyrann Mathieu, who teams knew was a good player but were afraid to take him. However, Mathieu was easily spun into a comeback story. That will be much harder with Mixon, especially when the video is played over and over.

The Minnesota Vikings and the Joe Mixon decision

The post With hype growing, Vikings might not have to make a decision on Joe Mixon appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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