As previously selected in my first head turning Mock Draft, this guy is viewed as a 5th Round selection. He only has 1 1/2 to 2 years experience as a DT since converting from TE and HB at Arizona, but has shown good penetration with push in the pocket while being dominant at times. He had a real good showing at the Shrine Bowl this year showing himself as a stand out and could really add some depth to the DT position as a later Round selection.
His upside should be exceptional at DT along with the added possiblites for trick plays because of his experience as a HB and can catch the ball out of the backfield. Last season, the Bucs used OT Dotson in the backfield for additinal blocking/catching; think of adding Mitchell to the mix and there would be a real power running game for short yardage mixed with the pass catching abilities from bth players to really shake up the defenses.
Anyway, I find his upside intriguing at DT, especially with more experience and NFL coaching and feel he is unrated as a 5th Round pick mainly due to his inexperience and Arizona's team record. He finished 2009 with 31 solos, 13 assists, 12.5 tackles and 6.5 sacks; not shabby for someone with less than 2 years experience. Tell me your thoughts after reading his profile from Sideline Scouting:
Earl Mitchell - Arizona (HT: 6'1 1/8" | WT: 289) - other sites show him at 295 lbs.
Projection: 5th Round
-Has a very complete skill set, good speed/quickness and ball location skills
-Very active in the backfield, good initial quickness off the snap
-Does a nice job clogging the middle allowing LBs to make tackles
-Keeps improving and gains confidence with each game at DT
-Humble, will do whatever is needed to help the team win
-Bulked up 30 lbs. prior to 2009 season and did not lose quickness or explosiveness
-Versatile, is a converted H-Back
-Occasionally runs past the play and opens up big holes inside
-Inexperienced at DT, came to Arizona as a TE and H-Back and was moved to DT in 2008
-Projects only as a 4-3 Under Tackle
-Freak injury forced him to miss a game this season