Even if general managers, coaches, and owners can separate any personal feelings they have about Mixon’s actions, there’s still public perception to consider.
“How can you in our (large) market? How could you in any market take that guy early or in general? Off the board,” an AFC executive said to McGinn. “Me, personally, I’d have a very hard time living with that.”
And some executives are going to have a hard time setting aside what Mixon did because they find it reprehensible.
“Once you watch (the video) you become a witness,” said one NFC executive. “I don’t need someone else telling me what happened. … I’ve got to look my wife in the eye. That’s not what I’m about.”
This hasn’t kept teams from doing due diligence on Mixon. Several teams have been linked to Mixon, including the Saints, Bengals, and Eagles. Lions general manager Bob Quinn was disappointed that Mixon was not allowed to attend the combine, and he said the running back remained on Detroit’s draft board.
RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford: McCaffrey put his name in the history books during his three seasons with the Cardinal. The Heisman finalist’s father, wide receiver Ed McCaffrey, played at Stanford as well. He was taken in the third round by the New York Giants in 1991. His pro career grew in Denver, though, where he had three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons from 1998-2000.
He kicked touchbacks on 126 of 167 kickoffs in his final two seasons at ASU and made seven of nine attempts from more than 50 yards in 2016.
While Aguayo was more efficient during his career at FSU — making 96.73 percent of his field goals and extra points compared to 92.3 percent for Gonzalez — Aguayo attempted just six 50-yard field goals in three years.