Joe Mixon Will Not Be Drafted by the Patriots Because of 2014 Assault

Joe Mixon from Oklahoma might be the best running back in the 2017 NFL Draft, but the New England Patriots will not draft him, according to the Boston Herald. Mixon was caught on video punching a female student in 2014.

That’s why the Patriots absolutely will not even consider drafting Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon next month, according to a source. The controversial but talented back has been erased from their draft board because of his violent past.

Kraft declined to speak specifically about Mixon this week when approached about the subject, but he did note his stance against domestic violence abusers that can be traced back to Christian Peter in 1996.

The Patriots are fairly loaded at running back to begin with – they just signed Rex Burkhead to join Dion Lewis and Super Bowl hero James White – and they don’t have a 1st round pick anyway, so it’s unlikely New England could have drafted him. Mixon could go in the 1st round, and it’s highly unlikely he’s on the board late in the 2nd round. The Patriots don’t have a pick, as of right now, until the start of the 3rd round.

I’ve got the Packers taking a chance on Mixon in the 1st round of my most recent mock draft.

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Source:: The Big Lead

Referee leaders want on-field official to see video replays

LONDON — Antoine Griezmann headed the ball into the net and was in full celebration mode with his France teammates when referee Felix Swayer pinned a finger into his left ear to block out the stadium noise.

An assistant in front of a bank of monitors was assessing replays and had some bad news for Griezmann. Swayer was told through his earpiece that a player was offside in the buildup.

The goal was then ruled out, without Swayer seeing a replay. But that won’t necessarily be the case by the time video replays are fully approved to be rolled out across soccer.

For now, the experimental phase is still in full flow but if refereeing leaders get their way officials should always have access to the footage themselves around the field.

“The subjective decisions should be made by the on-field referee because they have got the feel for the game,” Mike Riley, general manager of English refereeing organization, told The Associated Press. “They can put it in the context of everything else. So as part of the process we have got to work out how we can do that as effectively as possible … without interrupting the flow of the game.”

The International Football Association Board, the game’s lawmaking body, is in its second year of trials with various versions of video assistant referees (VAR). Some games, like the France-Spain friendly, do not allow the referee to evaluate incidents and instead by rely on the VAR.

But VAR could end up only ruling on what Riley describes as “decisions of fact,” such as whether a ball was inside or outside the penalty area.

Ultimately, if you are appointing one of the top referees to preside over a major game, that person is seen as ideal for making the big calls, according to IFAB.

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Dentist with NFL draft dreams? It’s not so far-fetched

GAINESVILLE — The former Gators who auditioned in front of dozens of NFL scouts Tuesday had their dreams at stake. Linebacker Jarrad Davis’ off-the-charts vertical leap might have cemented him as a first-round pick. Cornerback Jalen Tabor’s glacial 40-yard dash could have cost him millions.

And then there was Neil MacInnes, a walk-on kicker from Tampa with three games of college experience, hopes of going to dental school and absolutely nothing to lose.

“I figured it’s worth a try,” MacInnes said.

MacInnes has already outperformed any expectations when he arrived at Florida. He didn’t join the football team until October 2015, when he won the open tryout UF held after its top two kickers injured their legs. Coach Jim McElwain dubbed him “the dentist.”

The dentist kicked three games that season, making 2-of-3 extra points and tearing his ACL. He remained on the team last fall but didn’t appear in a game.

MacInnes figured his football career was over in December after he graduated from UF with a degree in material sciences and engineering. The 2012 Chamberlain High valedictorian wanted to apply his education and interest in ceramics by studying implants, crowns and fillings.

“That was kind of the original plan,” MacInnes said, “and then this whole thing just blew up.”

The main spark came from his dad, who encouraged him to give pro day a chance. He fronted his son enough money to train at UF four days a week and spend time with former Gator and current Eagles kicker Caleb Sturgis.

Most NFL prospects begin working toward the draft in December, even before the bowl game. MacInnes started in mid-January.

“I might as well at least give it my all,” MacInnes said. “There’s bigger bucks in the NFL than as a dentist.”

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