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The NFL Draft has many amazing athletes, but one of the more unique wide receivers is former Bulldog Malcolm Mitchell.  How in the world is he so special, you may ask.  Well during his freshman mmitchelland sophomore years in college, Mitchell played corner back, wide out, as well as returning kickoffs and punts.  On top of that, he wrote a children’s book (not your average football player).  I reviewed his game against South Carolina and watched his highlight reels from his first two years along with his final college season to see what skills/attributes he brings to the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

WR-Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia 6′ 198 lbs.

Cons: Knee injuries have taken their toll on this wide out.  He missed the entire 2013 season due to one.  Then the multi-tasking (CB/WR/KR/PR) took a toll on him as he did not have an opportunity to focus himself on a particular position and refine his craft.  This is most evident with his propensity to body catch, letting the ball come to him.  Also, the Georgia offense is heavily favored towards the run, so his statistics underwhelmed, including his senior year of 58 receptions for 865 yards and five touchdowns.  During 2015, he had two hundred yard receiving games along with four games under fifty yards, talk about highs and lows.  Can he handle being a major focus of an offense?

Pros: Mitchell is explosive getting in and out of his breaks.  He moves like a running back with the ball in his hands, spinning, starting/stopping with quick feet while using a stiff-arm to break arm tackles.  The wide out is fast for a man his size, running a 4.45 40 yard dash and even more burst in the open field.  It might be his amazing vision that sets him most apart as he tracks the ball well in the air and understand how the defense is trying to stop him.  Mitchell makes receptions in stride, adjusts to poorly thrown passes, makes contested catches, has great balance, and uses the sidelines well as an additional blocker downfield.  The receiver is a good deep threat that is excellent at making bucket catches over defenders.  He does not shy away from catching in the middle of the field and keeps his feet churning fighting for extra yardage.  In the red zone, the wide out boxes out his coverage that give his team the opportunity to score.  Coming from a run-first offense has made Mitchell a solid and powerful runner blocker, which should keep him on the field in all situations.

Overall thoughts: Mitchell keeps impressing on each additional viewing.  He is still on the raw side, but can be an immediate contributor to a receiver starved team.  I have him just inside my top fifteen rookie wide outs.  Chances are that most fantasy owners will be more impressed with his classes bigger names: Treadwell, Doctson, Coleman, and Boyd.  Perhaps you can wait until the third round and snag this talented underachiever.

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