The Los Angeles Chargers have become the latest team to show interest in controversial running back Joe Mixon from Oklahoma. According to Jim Trotter of ESPN, Mixon will visit the team as head coach Anthony Lynn and general manager Tom Telesco prepare for the upcoming NFL Draft.
Next visit for Joe Mixon? The LA (still getting used to it) Chargers.
— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) March 21, 2017
The talented running back possesses the size and skill set to be successful in the NFL but his past history has led some teams to shy away. Mixon was charged with misdemeanor assault in October of 2014 after his attack on a woman caused broken bones in her face.
He was suspended for the 2014 season but despite video of the incident being released last year, Mixon was allowed to continue playing for the Sooners. Mixon was suspended for one-game last season for an altercation involving him and a female parking attendant.
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Even with his history, Mixon continues to garner interest from NFL teams, Los Angeles included. The Raiders, Broncos, and Bengals have all also planned meetings with the running back not including those that he met with following workouts at Oklahoma’s Pro Day.
Judging from the interest he has received, it appears that Mixon will hear his name called at some point during the course of the three-day NFL Draft. Teams are now left to determine when he should be selected and how to deal with the backlash, if any, from fans and the media.
Danny Woodhead’s recent departure from the Chargers could lead the team to draft Mixon early as a change-of-pace type back behind incumbent Melvin Gordon.