The Denver Broncos have had an aggressive free agency period so far and it’s safe to assume that they’re far from done, but with the draft steadily approaching, the Broncos have turned their attention to the scouting process and hosted probably the most controversial prospect in the 2017 draft class.
According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, the Broncos hosted Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon late Thursday morning.
Source says Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon is visiting the Denver Broncos today. Mixon already visited the Bengals. https://t.co/HASEJXyOwX
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) March 16, 2017
Mixon is a bit of an enigma to scouts and he’s is sliding down draft boards due to character concerns. The embattled running back has had a slew of off the field issues during his college career, most notably a 2014 incident in which he physically assaulted a woman in a sandwich shop. The tape of the incident was released during the 2016 season and as a result, Mixon wasn’t invited to workout at the combine in February.
Despite not getting a chance to workout for teams at the combine, Mixon drew rave reviews after his performance at Oklahoma’s pro day last week. Some scouts in attendance were so impressed with his workout that he’s being considered as a first round talent.
— CollegeFootball 24/7 (@NFL_CFB) March 9, 2017
The Broncos have more important positions that they still need to address such as both linebacker positions as well as left tackle, so it’s safe to say that they’ll look to address those areas of need in the first few rounds. It never hurts to look for depth at an important position though.
Denver’s running game struggled last season in C.J. Anderson‘s absence and Devontae Booker was ineffective in relief. If Joe Mixon were to falls to Denver in the later rounds, he may be too talented to pass up on despite his character flaws
Mike Esposito is the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos Staff Writer at Endzonescore.com. Follow him on Twitter @espo6891