Lions’ Quinn keeping lid on Joe Mixon talk

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

Phoenix — Bob Quinn is done talking about Joe Mixon.

GM Bob Quinn said he is done talking about former Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon.

A month after the Detroit Lions general manger said he was leaving the door open on drafting the troubled Oklahoma running back until the team could dig deeper into his past transgressions, Quinn opted not to provide an update, citing competitive advantage.

“The comments I made at the combine about Joe, I’m going to leave at that and I’m not going to make any specific comments about any player, whether they’re on our board, off our board,” Quinn said. “It’s really a competitive thing now, about a month to the draft. I don’t want to not tell you guys, but it’s just something, from a competitive standpoint, I’m not comfortable talking about.”

Mixon met with a number of teams at his pro day earlier this month, including the Lions, but Quinn was not involved.

“I was not in that meeting,” Quinn said. “We had one of our coaches, at the pro day, meet with him.”

Mixon infamously punched a woman, breaking her jaw, during a 2014 altercation at a Norman, Okla. restaurant. A video of the brutal assault was released late last year.

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Quinn said at the combine if the Lions were to draft Mixon, owner Martha Ford would need to sign off on the decision.

Strictly from a football perspective, Mixon would be a fit for the Lions. The 6-foot-1, 228-pounder averaged 6.8 yards on 300 carries during his two seasons with the Sooners. At his pro day, he ran a 4.50 40-yard dash and finished with above-average measurements in the vertical and broad jumps, as well as on the bench press.