Mike Maccagnan could certainly use more offensive playmakers, but there was one dynamic talent that was never an option.
The Daily News has learned that controversial Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon was off the Jets draft board. The Bengals selected Mixon in the second round Friday (No. 48 overall). The pick was met by a chorus of boos at the draft site in Philly.
Mixon became a polarizing figure after punching a female Oklahoma student nearly three years ago. The ugly incident was caught on camera and made him untouchable to the Jets.
“There’s some things that are extremely egregious that I personally have a very hard time condoning,” Maccagnan said earlier in the week about players with incidents of violent behavior toward women. “And (domestic) violence in particular is a very serious thing to me. For me and my wife, we’ve had a personal experience with that.… We don’t take it lightly.”
Maccagnan’s friend was killed in a domestic violence murder-suicide nearly seven years ago. The general manager and his wife, Betty, have become involved in the One Love Foundation to raise awareness about the warning signs of domestic violence.
Mixon’s punishment was laughable: He served a one-year hiatus from playing college football. The dual-threat running back racked up 1,812 total yards and 15 touchdowns last season. He was a Top 10 talent that ultimately landed with a team with a history of taking in rogue elements.
The Jets wanted no parts of him.
“Part of what we do is we invest in people,” Maccagnan said before the draft. “Part of investing in people is to not only have these people be a part of your locker room and your team culture, (but) ideally good members of your community that reflect well upon the team and the organization.… Personal character is very important in this process.”