FOX Sports and NFL Network analyst Charles Davis dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Thursday to discuss numerous topics, including Joe Mixon, Kirk Cousins and this year’s crop of quarterback prospects.
We’ll start with Mixon, who, despite not being invited to the Combine, is garnering interest from several NFL teams. Mixon ran a 4.43 in the 40 at his pro day, but he’s a potential PR nightmare given that he assaulted a woman in 2014.
Will Mixon get drafted?
“Oh, he’s going to get drafted,” Davis said on Tiki and Tierney. “There’s no ifs, ands or buts about that. He’s getting drafted. He’s a first-round talent. An owner is going to have to pull the trigger on this one. He’s going to get drafted. All the stuff that happened in the past, if that’s my daughter, Joe Mixon is not eligible for the draft because I’m there to work on Joe, okay? I know (combating) violence (with) violence is not the right thing in the world, but that’s the emotion that was stirred up in me when I saw the video.”
Davis doesn’t want to hear the argument that Mixon was provoked, either.
“One more time: a man doesn’t put his hands on a woman,” Davis said. “How many times have we been raised for that, let alone cold-clocking her with an unbelievable shot? So getting to the core of Joe Mixon is what all the teams are trying to do. I’ve talked with my Oklahoma friends, people I trust big time, and they vouch for him like you would not believe – and I pressed them pretty hard on it. I’m like, ‘I’m not buying what you’re telling me.’ So they’re standing firm for him. . . . I think if you have that owner who feels like they can handle the heat, he’s going to be gone before day two is over, and that’s third round. I think (he’ll be drafted in the) second or third round.”
The quarterback class, meanwhile, isn’t exactly the best we’ve seen in recent years. Some analysts maintain that Mitchell Trubisky and Deshaun Watson, among others, are first-round talents, while others aren’t so sure.
“I think the guys are first-round talents, but I’m not sure many people want to draft them in the first round,” Davis said. “I think people would be much more comfortable getting them in the second. I think they feel more comfortable with Andy Dalton territory, getting that guy there. But people have to remember: Brett Favre was a second-rounder. Everyone wants to throw the Brady thing out there. Okay, we got it, sixth round. That’s one of the all-time outliers.”
Dak Prescott, by the way, was a fourth-rounder, and he had one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history.
“Did we think he was ready right away to go play?” Davis asked. “Probably not, and look at how that turned out. A lot of it is a match between the quarterback and his work ethic and the organization he goes to and their ability to teach and bring people along.”
No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff, on the other hand, struggled mightily with the Rams.
“I think you’ll see a difference in approach, a difference in teaching, and a difference in how they put things out there,” Davis said. “I can hear the Rams go, ‘Oh, but (the Cowboys) had an offensive line. They had Zeke.’ Watch the tape of Dak Prescott from beginning to the end. He started the preseason almost exclusively in gun because that’s what he did at Mississippi State. By the time the season was over, he was comfortable doing both because he put the time in and the Cowboys brought him along that way. That’s all I’m saying.”
As for Kirk Cousins, the Redskins quarterback has reportedly requested a trade after being franchise-tagged for the second straight year.
“That tells you all you need to know,” Davis said. “If you’re tagged (for $24 million), I think most people would say, ‘Tag me. I don’t need to worry about anything else. Tag me for $24 million.’ But if you’re a starting quarterback in the NFL who expects some longevity, two years in a row of tagging you tells the rest of the team that ownership doesn’t believe in you. . . . That’s probably one of the reasons he would love to escape. It looks like San Francisco would be his preferred destination.”