The two most controversial picks in the 2017 NFL Draft were Joe Mixon and Caleb Brantley.
Mixon, drafted in the second round by the Cincinnati Bengals, broke a woman’s jaw while in college at Oklahoma. Brantley, who was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round, was accused of hitting a woman in the face while at Florida.
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay made an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, and he had an issue with those two being drafted despite abusing women.
“It would be hard to go home to my wife, and see my mom, and see my little daughter and say ‘Hey, this is the guy we drafted in the second round,’” McShay said. “That would be really difficult. And most teams I talked to had them off their board. Joe Mixon off their board, and Caleb Brantley was off a lot of team’s boards because of what he did. He knocked a woman’s tooth out by punching her in the face. Allegedly, I guess.
“We see it every year. It’s just the nature of the beast, I guess. Some teams are willing to take chances and we’ll see how it works out long term.”
Brantley hasn’t been convicted yet, and the Browns could part ways with him if he’s convicted of a crime. But taking a chance on a guy with those accusations is problematic enough, and it’s easy to see why someone would have issues with a team taking Mixon given his past.
(h/t SEC Country)