Controversial playmaker who earned First Team All-Big 12 honors as a running back and Honorable Mention All-Big 12 as a returner in 2016. Ranked second in the conference with 1,274 rushing yards, scored 10 touchdowns on 187 carries and added 538 yards and five touchdowns on 37 receptions with a kick return touchdown despite missing one game due to a suspension for violating team rules, stemming from an incident with a parking attendant. Carried 113 times for 757 yards and seven touchdowns as a redshirt freshman, catching 28 passes for 356 yards and four scores. Redshirted in 2014 while serving a season-long suspension after punching a woman in the face during an argument.
Dynamic running back with a complete game but a host of off-the-field issues. Runs with balance and body control as well as speed. Explosive, has a burst through the hole and beats defenders into the open field. Runs with authority, consistently runs north/south and displays the speed necessary to get around tackle. Athletic, loses little momentum changing direction and bounces outside around piles to keep plays alive. Runs behind his pads, breaks arm tackles and picks up yardage off initial contact. Tremendous pass catcher out of the backfield, extending his hands and making the reception away from his frame. Effective in the short, intermediate and deep field catching the ball.
Not a truly creative ball carrier. Shows indecision in his game. Not a true perimeter runner. His well-documented off-the-field issues are national news.
Mixon must be broken down and assigned two grades; one for his play on the field and the other for his behavior off the field. As a running back prospect, Mixon has first-round potential and grades as the third-best ball carrier in this year’s draft. He offers the potential to take over games and drives pounding it out on the inside, turning the corner around tackle or catching the ball out of the backfield. Off-the-field issues are another matter altogether and could leave Mixon on the outside looking in when the 2017 draft is said and done. For all his tremendous physical skills, whether a team drafts Mixon will be an owner’s call -- he must weigh the pros and cons of selecting him. Hopefully Mixon stays on the straight and narrow off the field and harnesses his incredible potential on the gridiron.