Joe Mixon is the most polarizing prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft. Some teams, based on his talent, have the former Oklahoma running back as a worthy first- or second-round pick. Other teams have him completely off their board because of his past assault incident.
That makes it tricky to know where and when he'll go next weekend, anywhere from late on April 27 to early on April 29. Here are the three teams most likely to make a risky pick on Mixon at some point.
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NFL Draft 2017: Who might draft Joe Mixon?
It takes a strong-minded ownership and a trust in coaching staff to believe that Mixon will put his past behind him and focus on being the productive pro rusher he has all the potenital to be. File this team there with Jeffery Lurie and Doug Pederson. The Eagles need a solid young early-down back, and if they can't get the one they really want in the middle of Round 1, they will have Mixon on their radar as a good fit in the offense a little later.
GM Bob Quinn stirred up some controversy at the Combine by saying Mixon should have been invited and declaring Detroit still had him on the board. The Lions have had a chance to examine the situation a lot more, but it's likely he's still there somewhere. Based on the Lions' early needs in the draft and with only eight overall picks, they would be more in play to roll the dice on Mixon in Round 3 (No. 85) or Round 4 (No. 127).
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City took a far less publicized simliar risk with Tyreek Hill in last year's draft and it paid immediate big dividends with the dynamic receiver and return man. It also happens to be looking for a backfield replacement in the wake of releasing long-time feature back Jamaal Charles. Although the rumors of the Chiefs using No. 27 overall on Mixon seem to be a stretch, he can easily be in play for Round 2 (No. 59).