The Packers advanced their evaluation of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon with a pre-draft visit earlier this week, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports via Chase Goodbread of NFL.com.
Mixon’s absence from the NFL Scouting Combine under a conduct policy has generated additional interest from clubs in Mixon for visits and private workouts.
“Because he wasn’t at the combine, teams have to bring him in. They have to talk to him in person, they have to get all medical questions answered,” Garafolo told Up to the Minute Live on Thursday.
Running back is a position of need for Green Bay. Former Packer Eddie Lacy went to the Seattle Seahawks via free agency. The Packers hold the No. 29 overall pick in the first round, and select No. 61 overall in the second round. NFL personnel executives have told NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah in recent days that Mixon will come off the board in the second round.
Mixon also has visited or has scheduled visits with the Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers and Oakland Raiders.