Photo of Earl Mitchell
Grade
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  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 1/2" Arm Length
  • 215LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

Mitchell was a productive two-year starter for the Wildcats. He is a short, athletic interior defender who is best when in a stunting mode. His best asset is his initial quickness, which enables him to gain leverage on larger blockers to penetrate the line of scrimmage. He lacks great power to anchor versus double teams but understands angles and plays with good pad level to be effective in most one-on-one situations. He flashes good initial punch, but needs to become more active with his hands to disengage to the ball. Mitchell flashes as a pass rusher but needs to expand his initial moves and counters to be a consistent contributor at the next level. Mitchell is a bit of a project with only two years' experience as a defensive tackle after converting from tight end. He could be a versatile player as an interior lineman in an even front while having added value as a possible lead blocker in short-yardage and goal-line situations.

Analysis

Strengths

Mitchell has a strong lower half and moves very well for his size. Fires off the ball low with a quick first step and clogs running lanes. Delivers a strong punch and has the foot quickness to penetrate in passing situations. High-motor kid who fights to the whistle.

Weaknesses

Lacks the bulk to anchor against the run or the length to keep blockers at bay and bat down balls. Does not show a developed pass-rush package and struggles to consistently get pressure on the quarterback. Converted offensive lineman who is still learning the nuances of the position.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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