Safety was without a doubt a need for the Falcons in this draft. As of right now the starters are William Moore and Thomas DeCoud but there is little depth behind them. We’ve talked about Mike Nolan and his concept of the Big Nickel. From reading the National Football Post scouting report of Mitchell, it seems like he would be a good fit for that big nickel position.
Did we find our Big Nickel in the sixth round?
Here’s what the National Football Post had to say about him:
Wasn’t real impressive vs. the pass game, but he’s an instinctive tackler vs. the run and a passionate/leader type who could earn a spot on special teams. But I can’t see him holding up in space vs. an NFL pass game.
Here’s some of the write from Fox Sports about him:
A three-year starter at Mississippi State, Mitchell is slightly undersized for a typical NFL safety, but he may be able to make up for that lack of stature with some impressive leaping ability. Mitchell stood out at the NFL combine in the vertical and broad jump drills, traits that should help him compete with taller receivers. He lacks top-end speed but has excellent body control, and can turn and run very fluidly in the secondary. Mitchell is also strong in run support, where he quickly fills his lanes, and finished second on the Bulldogs with 95 tackles in 2011. Because of his athletic limitations – and due to a lack of experience in man coverage – he’ll probably fit best at the next level in a zone.
Mitchell has played big boy football in the SEC and he played for a very underrated Mississippi State defense (Miss State was fourth in the SEC in scoring defense behind Bama, LSU and South Carolina) so he has experience and experience at the highest level of college. I would expect Mitchell to come in and compete to be on the field on third down as part of Nolan’s Big Nickel package.