- CProjectionRound 7
- Arm31 ½
Strong Points: Good height and length. Smooth athlete with body control and quick feet. Strong release --adept at avoiding jams. Uncovers very well vs. zone and adequate-to-good getting open vs. man. Strong hands -- usually catches the ball away from his body. Sufficient run-after-catch skills.
Weak Points: Average speed for the position. Inconsistent deep threat. Struggles a bit with double catches. Inconsistent separator -- especially vs. press man. Not a blocker.
The Way We See It: Mitchell is a junior entering the draft -- and I don't know why. He was a good (not great) college receiver with one season in 2018 as Oregon's go-to guy, when he did played well, catching 75 balls. The problem is, he has just average speed and won't scare defenses vertically. He is your proverbial possession receiver with good hands. At the NFL level, receivers have to be able to create separation against man coverage; Mitchell is average here. He's at his best working vs. zone, where he can find the open seams. He is good after the catch but won't scary anyone. Not physical, Mitchell offers little as a blocker. Currently, he is a WR5 or WR6, and since he doesn't have much special-teams value, I don't see him dressing on Sundays. He needs a great workout at the combine to increase his attractiveness to clubs.