Joe Mixon Reportedly Will Declare for 2017 NFL Draft: Latest Comments, Reaction

Joe Mixon Reportedly Will Declare for 2017 NFL Draft: Latest Comments, Reaction

The redshirt sophomore running back will reportedly declare himself eligible for the 2017 NFL Draft and forgo his final two years of eligibility at Oklahoma. Instead, Mixon was allowed to play and ran for over 2,000 yards and scored 26 touchdowns over the last two seasons.

Mixon explained this process with a release posted to his social media Thursday night, hours after multiple reports surfaced saying Mixon was heading for the NFL.

"I admit much of that time was challenging", Mixon wrote in his post.

Running back Joe Mixon #25 for a touchdown against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Norman, Oklahoma. Then a recent recruit to the Sooners' program, Mixon exchanged words with Molitor before she pushed him.

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Mixon said he had no timetable for deciding whether to return to school or set his sights on the National Football League after Monday's Sugar Bowl win over Auburn. "It's never okay to be in the situation I was in or to ever hit a woman".

However, Mixon's career at Oklahoma was marred in controversy from the start after he struck a female student at a campus deli as a freshman in 2014. "I'm looking for them to get to know the actual me".

Mixon's role at Oklahoma has faced significant scrutiny after video of him striking a woman in 2014 was released by his lawyers in December. He was also suspended this season for an incident with a parking attendant.

Mixon went on to thank a number of people, including OU coaches Bob Stoops, Cale Gundy and Lincoln Riley. Whether returning to OU for another year would decrease the scrutiny on Mixon isn't guaranteed.

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