No disrespect intended to the Bleacher Report story that unveiled this news Wednesday morning. But seeing that Joe Mixon was climbing teams’ draft boards, a week after the Combine he was barred from attending, was the least-surprising aspect of this draft.
It would have been more shocking to see him falling, either down or off. It was just never going to happen. There was always the likelihood that teams would find a reason to pick him, rather than reasons not to pick him.
Authentic Kids David Parry Jersey It was a mild shock, though, to see it reported that at least four franchises have taken Mixon, the running back whose punch of a woman while a student at Oklahoma was caught video, off their boards.
One is very likely the Ravens, who remain the only NFL team to publicly declare it would not take a player with a history of domestic violence. It’s the policy they have stuck to since their epic mishandling of Ray Rice’s video-recorded attack on his then-fiancee three years ago.
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The two running catches above are a good start, but the grind of the season will reveal whether Cutch is even a short-term answer at the position.
The good news for McCutchen is the Pirates will probably need him in center field for a while. Marte’s PED suspension is 80 games, which puts his return around mid-July. Top outfield prospect Austin Meadows, the guy the Pirates want to replace McCutchen, isn’t ready for the Show.
Then again, if McCutchen regresses in the field, or Meadows’ bat catches fire in Triple-A, then Cutch will quickly find himself stewing on the fringes again, both in a physical and an organizational sense.