With free agency essentially concluded, the Green Bay Packers have turned their attention to the 2017 NFL Draft. To that end, the team met with controversial Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon earlier this week, according to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo.
Mixon has become a lightning rod for controversy following a videotaped 2014 incident where the running back punched a woman in the face, resulting in broken bones and hospitalization. Mixon received a misdemeanor assault charge for his actions, though he remained on Oklahoma’s football team through this past season. Because of the charge, the NFL barred Mixon from participating in the scouting combine that concluded earlier in March.
For that reason, Green Bay’s decision to meet with Mixon does not necessarily indicate interest in selecting the running back come April’s draft. Like most teams, the Packers meets with plenty of prospects that ultimately do not end up on their draft board, and the inability to interview Mixon during the combine made a pre-draft meeting more valuable.