Joe Mixon said he had no idea how far his off-field controversy would see him fall in the 2017 NFL Draft after being taken by the Bengals in round two.
In terms of talent, Mixon was regarded by many as the best running back in the class following a stellar on-field career at Oklahoma.
However, Mixon had been considered undraftable by some teams in the league after a video emerged of him striking a woman in a 2014 assault late last year.
But the Bengals put their faith in him with pick No. 48, leaving an emotional Mixon to reflect on an arduous process.
He told a conference call of his reaction to being drafted: “It was very emotional. I’m still sitting here crying. I can’t believe it. Very thankful. Very honoured to be a part of the Cincinnati Bengals.”
Kizer made some waves prior to the draft saying he had Cam Newton’s body and Tom Brady’s brain, but the fact is he’s a very smart and physically gifted player, and it makes sense if a team wanted to draft him and let him sit behind a proven quarterback like Aaron Rodgers.
Now, as Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders commented on Rapoport’s tweet, it might not be the smartest move considering the Packers already have Brett Hundley on their roster.
Both have big arms and big frames, but both struggled with accuracy and footwork in college. They would essentially be drafting two of the same player if they take Kizer.
However, the Packers may be throwing Kizer’s name out there to see if any team wants to trade into the spot and then move back down again in what is one of the deepest second rounds of an NFL Draft at several positions in recent history.
Take what you will of this rumor, but also understand the Packers are a savvy organization. They could very easily just be stirring the pot to see if anyone wants their pick.