Photo of Malcolm Mitchell
Drafted By: Patriots

Combine Results

Grade
5.55 ?
  • 4.45 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 15 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 36.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 129.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.94 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.34 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Mitchell is a lean, slippery athlete with alot of upside as a possession WR who can give you a little extra after the catch. He probably goes a round higher if he hadn't had the injuries he endured in college, including an ACL. Brady will like his route running ability. -Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'0" Height
  • 32 5/8" Arm Length
  • 198LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/2" Hands

Overview

Mitchell tore his ACL in the 2013 season opener, and fought back the last two seasons to become the outstanding player he has been early in his career in Athens (Freshman All-SEC pick, 85 catches for over 1,200 yards and eight scores in 2011-2012.) He finally started all 13 games in 2015, leading the Bulldogs in receiving (58-865, four TD). He’s not putting up huge numbers like Big 12 receivers because of the Bulldogs' offense, but scouts see Mitchell's sure hands and toughness over the middle, making him a reliable No. 2 or 3 option for a pro offense.

Analysis

Strengths

Made huge jump in explosive plays and yards per catch from 2014 to 2015. Has the ability to make some plays down the field with a quarterback who will take some shots. Adequate play speed and can vary tempo of his routes. Very good hip sink to stop quickly and open up to the quarterback. Route running shows promise. Smooth with change of direction and works back to the ball. Able to make sharp cuts out of breaks and does a nice job of selling double moves. Consistently tracks and high-­points downfield throws and is able to adjust to throws high, low and outside. Generally reliable hands and showed toughness in making catches where he know he was going to take a big shot.

Weaknesses

Doesn’t have plus size or speed to consistently threaten outside cornerbacks. Speedy cornerbacks sat on his routes and showed little respect for his long speed. Can be knocked off schedule by physical cornerbacks. Must prove he can adjust routes without the noticeable slowing that the tape shows. Has room for improvement with leveraging of routes to create more separation for out-breaking routes. Will duck head and give away timing of when he’s going to sink his routes to man cornerbacks. Would like to see better separation ability underneath. Knee injuries slowed his career so his medicals could be a concern. Not as effective as a blocker in space as some teams will want.

Draft Projection

Rounds 3 or 4

NFL Comparison

Nelson Agholor

Bottom Line

Mitchell was hampered by injuries in the past and inconsistent quarterback play this year, but there is no doubting his ball skills and smoothness as a route runner. His speed is just average and he doesn't get as much separation as teams like underneath, but he's tough, can make contested catches and has the type of personal and football character that will have scouts pulling for him in their draft rooms. Mitchell will be a 24-year-old rookie.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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