Steven Mitchell

USC
WR

Prospect Info

College
USC
Hometown
Class
Pasadena, CA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 10"
189 lbs
30 3/8”
Hands
9 3/8”

Prospect Grade

4.98
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.56
Seconds
 
Bench Press
13
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
32.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
121.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.75
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.4
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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Mitchell changed his jersey number from seven to four in the hopes that his senior season would be his best -- and it seemed to have worked. The former top 150 national recruit and Los Angeles Times All-Area high school football selection struggled to stay healthy throughout his first four years with the Trojans. He tore ligaments in his right knee during the summer of 2013, and wound up redshirting the following fall. In 2014, Mitchell played in 11 games, starting two (seven receptions, 82 yards, two touchdowns) but missed two games with a knee sprain after missing spring practices with a knee injury and hernia. Mitchell started six games and played in 12 as a sophomore, missing two games with a sprained ankle but making 37 catches for 335 yards and four scores. Another knee injury shortened his junior season to seven games with three starts (24 receptions, 226 yards, one touchdown; five returns, 91 yards on kickoff returns). Mitchell started seven of 11 games played as a senior, making 41 catches for 644 yards and four scores.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
PFA
Overview
Undersized field stretcher with blazing speed to separate, but a laundry list of injuries to sort through. While Mitchell has the size of a slot, he can be utilized outside to back safeties off the line. Mitchell has NFL-caliber athleticism and separation ability and he looked quite capable in his 2017 tape. Injuries and a lack of career production will play against him, but if he runs as fast as he should at the Combine, he will be on some radars regardless of past history.
Strengths
  • Resilient and self-motivated
  • Overcame two major knee injuries and has already earned two degrees
  • Speedster able to rip past lazy coverage
  • Upper body stays quiet in his routes
  • Accelerates into route stems and bursts coming out to create an open door for deep post throws
  • Saw 20 percent of his catches go for 25-plus yards
  • Spring-loaded hips as a leaper
  • Feet are furious in short spaces
  • Able to make tackler miss in a hall closet and then get away
  • Instant catch-and-go burst on hitches
Weaknesses
  • Injuries are a major concern
  • Has had season-ending knee injuries (separate knees) twice
  • Has dealt with hernia issues and ankle problems
  • Focus wanes when creeping into traffic
  • Will make one fake more than he needs to in his routes
  • Loses balance in the open field
  • Below average ball tracer who can be late with body adjustments to the throw
  • Lacks feel for open spaces against zone
Sources Tell Us

"Really runs well. I can't see him getting drafted because he's always hurt. If he stays healthy all camp, he could make a team because of that speed." -- NFC West Coast scout

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GRADE
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