Is Joe Mixon on the Texans draft board?

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Don’t bet on the Houston Texans drafting Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon.

Signing running back Lamar Miller last year was a great move by the Houston Texans.

But Texans head coach Bill O’Brien has made it clear that he would like to see Miller carry the ball less next season.

If the Texans are going to find a viable back up for Miller, they could do so in this year’s draft. It looks like one running back they won’t be looking to select is Joe Mixon.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle was asked last week whether former Oklahoma running back Mixon is on the Texans draft board.

"“No. Absolutely not,” replied McClain. “Some teams will take a guy with baggage like that. Bob McNair…you can get busted for pot, you can beat up people in a bar, you can be out all night banging on heads at four in the morning, but you better not bop a woman like he did. And I’ll guarantee you Bob is not going to let Joe Mixon be drafted.”"

McClain went on to say that some teams like the Broncos, who brought Mixon in for a visit, could draft him and they’ll take the heat but they’ll also reap the rewards as well as the praise if and when a player like Mixon plays great.

Tyreek Hill of the Kansas City Chiefs is a great example. He was dismissed from the Oklahoma State football team after assaulting his pregnant girlfriend.

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Despite the fact of Hill’s off the field trouble, the Chiefs drafted him in the fifth round last year and he had a very good rookie season in Kansas City.

The thing that really hurts Mixon is that his incident was caught on video and the public as well as NFL teams have seen it.

It would have been smarter for Mixon to return to Oklahoma for his senior year and prove that he can stay out of trouble. It also doesn’t help that this draft class is loaded at running back.

So if the Texans want to make any upgrades behind Miller, there will be plenty of talent to choose from aside from Mixon.

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