Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie had some high praise for one of the 2017 NFL draft’s most controversial prospects in former Oklahoma Sooners running back Joe Mixon.
McKenzie told the media today, “We thought he was a really good kid,” according to Las Vegas Review Journal’s Michael Gehlken.
Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie on RB Joe Mixon's team visit: "We thought he was a really good kid." Came across well.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) April 21, 2017
Oakland let former Raiders RB Latavius Murray go via free agency and his expected replacement, retired Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch, has not officially signed with the team.
If Lynch does not sign before the draft, McKenzie could assume Oakland has a true need at the running back position.
Mixon would be a perfect addition to the team, for he could start Day 1 as a three-down back and would likely run wild behind Oakland’s impressive offensive line that stands to be further bolstered this offseason.
The only hesitation would be Raiders owner Mark Davis’ stance against domestic violence. However, Davis has already given the team permission to draft the controversial athlete.
Moreover, most of Raider Nation has been supportive of drafting Mixon on social media this offseason. Fans will find out if McKenzie takes the leap of faith required to draft the former Sooners RB at the 2017 NFL draft April 27-29 in Philadelphia.