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Steve: Are Saints interested in a pair of former Oklahoma running backs?

Bobby Hebert and Deke Bellavia talk NFL draft with Mike Detillier

Steve Geller
April 12, 2017 - 11:04 am
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WWL NFL analyst Mike Detillier joined the Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert and Deke Bellavia to chat about the upcoming NFL draft, and the running back position dominated the conversation.  Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon is no doubt a first round talent, but a video of him punching a girl in the face has caused his stock to drop.  Some teams like the New England Patriots have even removed him completely from their draft board.  Detillier points out there is more than one blemish on the Mixon’s track record.

“It’s not just one incident,” said Mike. “He’s had 2 other incidents in which his anger issues have gotten the best of him.  He got into a little bit of a scuff with a police officer who wanted to give him a ticket.  He tore the ticket up in front of her and threw it at her and cursed. He also had a little misunderstanding with someone outside an establishment. That happens in life, and he did walk away from that.  But this isn’t a one-time incident with Joe Mixon. That’s disturbs me more than anything.” 

The Saints did bring Mixon in for a pre-draft visit.  Will his talent be enough to outweigh the public backlash of selecting him? 

The Saints also have interest in another former Sooner for the backfield. Adrian Peterson made New Orleans his 3rd stop on his free agent tour but left town without a contract.  Reports indicate that the 2 sides will remain in talks, and something could still happen following the draft.  

“The big question at 32 years old is not can Peterson still play, it's can he stay healthy”, says Detillier. “Look up and see how many guys he has more carries then.  Its amazing that he is still in this league today, and 2 years ago he led the NFL in rushing!”

Mike added that the Green Bay Packers might be a more realistic landing spot for AP since they are a legitimate Super Bowl contender, and he would get to play against Minnesota twice a year.  

Hear the entire Detillier interview with Bobby and Deke here: 


 

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