The Arizona Cardinals add another wide receiver to the list of visiting prospects.
Steve Keim and his Arizona Cardinals have been busy bringing in wide receiver prospects for pre-draft visits. Per Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, they have brought in Oregon’s Dillon Mitchell to the list.
Mitchell finished his Junior year in Oregon on a high note. The 6-1, 197-pound receiver reeled in 75 catches for 1,184 yards and ten touchdowns, per Pro Football Focus, he finished the year with a catch rate of 57.7%.
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Per PFF, Mitchell finished the 2018 season with an above average 80.8 grade for the year. His impressive 2.90 yards per route run ranked in at 16th in the class, while his deep pass receptions (13) and deep pass yards (509) both came in at 13th amongst eligible wide receivers.
At the combine, Mitchell recorded a solid 4.46 second 40-yard-dash, 122-inch broad-jump, 36.5-inch vertical jump, and 4.29 second 20-yard-shuttle. All are average results, but his measurables, athleticism, or stats don’t what make Mitchell a draftable prospect, instead, his potential, catch radius, and growing game do.
Mitchell is a natural pass-catcher but finished his career with 11 drops, per PFF. His abilities after the catch are solid, and so is his physicality in his route-runner. He’s also shown a versatile game as he received snaps both inside and outside.
But, scouts have clamored for his improvements in consistency, ability to beat pressing cornerbacks, and addition to his route-tree. All in all, his weaknesses don’t hinder his ability to be drafted, but it shouldn’t be until the late-rounds (after the fifth).
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