Malcolm Mitchell, WR
School: Georgia | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior | Age: 24
Height / Weight: 6-0 / 198 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 3rd or 4th Round
NFL Comparison: Randall Cobb
Malcolm Mitchell is a pretty damn good receiver. He's no sleeper as NFL front offices are aware of the impact he can make on the field. Mitchell shows impressive catch radius, natural hands, athleticism, and run after the catch ability. In 2013, he tore his ACL and spent all of the 2014 season trying to get back to his old self. This past season Mitchell arrived and toasted cornerbacks throughout the SEC. Georgia doesn't have the most pass friendly offense or the best quarterback under center but Mitchell made the most of his targets on Saturdays.
An avid reader Mitchell is also a class act off the field. In his spare time he talks to kids about the importance of reading and education. His football intelligence is obvious as well. Mitchell knows how to split a defense and can run a slant, a go, route, and lots of things in between. He is an obvious mid-round value and I believe you can line him up anywhere on the field and he will make plays.
- Natural hands catcher. Has the ability to make "wow" catches.
- Can do damage underneath or stretch the field with his speed. Impressive leaping ability and decent size give him a chance to win jump balls.
- Route running is crisp.
- Plays with outward confidence and competitive fire.
- Excellent athleticism and fluidity. His motions and cuts are seamless.
- Needs to work on blocking and not holding for teammates.
- 2015 was a great year for him but teams will be checking the knee he injured closely.
- Not a big physical receiver.
- Will be a 24-year-old rookie due to the medical redshirt year (2013).
Let's see his work:
Malcolm Mitchell basically a better version of Nelson Agholor.— Fusue Vue (@lifesyourcup) April 12, 2016
Malcolm Mitchell really growing on me...— Jared Stanger (@JaredStanger) April 11, 2016
Easy to see why Malcolm Mitchell is one of the top mid-round WRs this year pic.twitter.com/SWwkZXmieB— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) April 8, 2016
Only 4 red zone targets for Malcolm Mitchell all season? ....Really? Damn you Blazevich!— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) April 7, 2016
Malcolm Mitchell made about 10 catches that looked exactly like this last season. pic.twitter.com/9bN23K3Pxw— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) March 25, 2016
Malcolm Mitchell pic.twitter.com/bpErBD8Nme— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) March 16, 2016
UGA WR Malcolm Mitchell discusses the power of reading at the Impacting Student Learning Conf. at Augusta University pic.twitter.com/QHB7hk6jb0— UGA Football Live (@UGAfootballLive) March 5, 2016
I want to see Malcolm Mitchell make plays like this next season in the NFL. Gonna miss him at UGA pic.twitter.com/gdZiuZNIiD— Nate Butler Jr. (@ATLSportsNate) February 21, 2016
Malcolm Mitchell https://t.co/yTAkapXnZg— Bryce Andrew Dixon (@dixonbryce) February 6, 2016
Someone's going to get themselves a solid mid-rd WR in Malcolm Mitchell.. Excellent route runner + good body control + strong at catch point— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) April 7, 2016
Not trying to drop hot takes, but Malcolm Mitchell may end up as WR6 for me. I love his game.— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) April 1, 2016
How He Would Fit on the Redskins
If the Redskins decide to wait until the middle rounds to target a WR I hope they are looking at Malcolm Mitchell. He's a guy that's easy to like once you watch him play. Some things come to easy to him. In an offense that focused on the run he put of respectable numbers to instill certainty in his skillset. If Malcolm Mitchell is drafted by the Redskins I believe Andre Roberts and Ryan Grant might be put on notice. I can see Mitchell impressing in training camp to nab that #4 WR spot. What helps him is his ability to play in multiple spots on the field, he can play Z,X, or line up in the slot if needed.
He's a competitive player with great skills, instincts, and intelligence for the position. Though he might not see the field much his rookie year I don't have doubts he could contribute on special teams and work his way up the wide receiver totem poll in future years.