Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon had a pre-draft visit with the Raiders on Monday, ESPN reported on Tuesday.
The Raiders are certainly in the market for a physical running back, and took a closer look at the talented, yet controversial rusher barred from the NFL scouting combine for an off-field incident.
Mixon was caught punching a woman in a graphic, well-publicized video during his tenure at Oklahoma – he was charged and accepted a plea deal -- which could drop him on some draft boards.
It could take him off of others. Raiders owner Mark Davis has taken a firm stance against players involved in domestic violence incidents.
Most NFL teams will visit with Mixon, who didn’t have an opportunity to interview with teams and explain himself at the scouting combine.
According to the ESPN report, Mixon’s visit is not believed to count against the Raiders total of 30 pre-draft visits because Mixon is a local prospect from Oakley.
The Raiders are in the market for a running back and despite links to veterans Marshawn Lynch and Adrian Peterson, there’s a distinct possibility the Silver and Black will address this need in the draft.
Mixon had a strong on-field showing at his pro day, and certainly has talent required to excel at the NFL level. It remains uncertain whether the Raiders would consider drafting someone associated with such a violent incident regardless of talent level, though it seems highly unlikely with Davis signing checks.