Height: 6'0" Weight: 190 lbs
Drafted: Sixth Round Pick 182nd Overall
Tevin Mitchel brings depth and good young talent to a Redskins secondary that needs help in that area. Here are five things to know about him:
#1. Tevin Mitchel is from Mansfield, Texas and played his high school football at Legacy High School. He received offers from Arkansas, Arizona, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma (where his dad Eric Mitchel played), Texas A&M and Texas Tech. According to the 247 Sports Composite, Tevin Mitchel was a four star recruit in the 2011 class and ranked the No. 18 cornerback and the No. 28 best player in Texas. He chose to play his college football at Arkansas.
#2. As a freshman (2011), he played in all 13 games, starting seven of them and recorded 56 tackles (33 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery. He was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team and his 56 tackles put him at No. 3 among SEC freshman and No. 6 on the team. He recorded a career high 13 tackles (nine solo) against Texas A&M. In Arkansas' 29-16 Cotton Bowl win, he recorded three tackles and one tackle for loss.
In his sophomore campaign (2012), he played in eight games with seven starts and recorded 34 tackles (15 solo), a half sack, one interception, five passes defensed and two forced fumbles. He suffered a neck injury against Louisiana Monroe and missed the last four games of the season.
As an upperclassmen (2013 & 2014), he recorded a total of 67 tackles (42 solo), four tackles for loss and three interceptions,
#3. Mitchel was drafted in the sixth round by the Redskins and according to Redskins.com's Stephen Czarda, the veteran leadership in the secondary is helping Mitchel come along:
"I’m learning the defense well, taking it day by day, and interacting with the other DB’s," Mitchel told Larry Michael, Voice of the Redskins. "We’re coming together as a team, and we’re getting better overall. I don’t like to talk about I, but I feel like I’ve only been knowing these guys for two or three weeks but I feel like we’re going to do great things on and off the field."
He also thinks of D'Angelo Hall as a big brother.
#4. Head Coach Jay Gruden likes what he sees out of Tevin Mitchel:
"You know, Tevin Mitchel, I think at the nickel and playing corner, has really done some good things. He got an interception [on the second day of minicamp] you saw in the red zone, which was excellent. So he’s doing some good things. He’s learning a new system and he’s playing two or three different positions, so he’s been very impressive."
#5. Mitchel didn't know that his former teammate Martrell Spaight would join him in Washington:
"It was weird, we were talking [Friday] and we [were] like, ‘What if we ended up on the same team?’" Mitchel said. "It’s crazy that it just happened. So I just finished talking to him earlier and that’s a great teammate. I’m real happy to play with Martrell Spaight again. Real happy."
Bottom Line: Tevin Mitchel could be a could combo with Bashaud Breeland. I think he will have a productive career in the NFL. As far as 2015 goes, I'm looking forward to seeing how he fits in the defensive scheme.