Report: Broncos visit with controversial draft prospect Mixon

Oklahoma Sooners running back Joe Mixon (25) is seen on the field before action against the Baylor Bears prior to the game at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mixon met with the Denver Broncos at the team's headquarters on Thursday. Photo by Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos met with perhaps one of the most talented, yet controversial, draft prospects in this year’s upcoming draft today at the team’s Dove Valley headquarters in Centennial.

Denver executives, including general manager John Elway and CEO Joe Ellis, visited with Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon Thursday at the UCHealth Training Center, 9News Broncos Insider Mike Klis reported.

A highly-touted prospect on the field, Mixon is perhaps better known for an off the field indiscretion that left him suspended for his freshman season in college and not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this month.

Before his freshman season, Mixon was arrested for striking a female University of Oklahoma student, fracturing her jaw and cheekbone and causing other injuries to her face.

Mixon received a one-year deferred sentence after reaching a plea deal on an assault charge and was subsequently banned for one season.

A graphic video of the incident surfaced after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in May that the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters could sue for the footage under open records laws, according to KWTV-TV in Oklahoma City.

Until recently, NFL teams, including the Broncos, had not been able to meet with Mixon, who was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine due to the league’s new policy regarding domestic violence.

Last season, Oklahoma State’s Tyreek Hill was not invited to the combine after allegedly attempting to choke his pregnant girlfriend. The Kansas City Chiefs selected hill in the fifth-round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Mixon would have likely been mentioned among the top running backs in this year’s draft if not for the incident.

After his suspended redshirt freshman season, Mixon ranked among the top running backs in college football, averaging 8.0 yards from scrimmage over his career for 2,921 yards and 26 total touchdowns.

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