Finding Broncos: Scouting Georgia WR Malcolm Mitchell

Next up for a scouting report is a Georgia Bulldog receiver, who may not be getting the attention he should. What does Erick Trickel think of him?

http://www.scout.com/player/137527-malcolm-mitchell?s=101

Combine Results

40-YARD DASH: 4.45 SEC

BENCH PRESS: 15 REPS

VERTICAL JUMP: 36.0 INCH

BROAD JUMP: 129.0 INCH

3-CONE DRILL: 6.94 SEC

20-YARD SHUTTLE: 4.34 SEC

Pros

  • Continued to grow year to year
  • Reliable hands
  • Tough when making the catch
  • Good route running with tremendous upside
  • Willing to take big shots over the middle
  • Can make big plays downfield
  • Excellent at reading throws and making adjustments to make the catch
  • Sharp in and out of cuts
  • Can adjust his speed in his routes to catch defenders off guard
  • Smooth when changing direction
  • Sells double moves with ease
  • High points the ball
  • Has a really good catch radius
  • Is the type of receiver that quarterbacks love
  • Hard work ethic
  • Puts in extra work in practice and in the film room

Cons

  • Doesn’t have top end speed to take the top off of defenses, or challenge deep consistently
  • Struggles when taking on physical corners playing press
  • Needs to control his head better with his route running
  • Needs to get better at getting consistent separation
  • Concerns with some knee injuries
  • Little to no blocking ability to work with
  • Has to improve with his feet in and out of cuts
  • Needs to learn to adjust without giving it away to defenders
  • Age. Will be a 24 year old rookie

Overall Thoughts

I am a huge fan of Mitchell and think he can make a huge impact on a team as a rookie from the slot, or as a second receiver. His natural ability is outstanding, and the lack of speed can be worked around. Hes got the brains for the position and takes to coaching extremely well, he just needs coaches to help him put it all together.

He reminds me of Jarvis Landry in Miami. Not great speed, but solid route running with reliable hands. Landry has become one of the better receivers in the NFL, and it goes unnoticed. I think Mitchell will follow that same kind of path, except the return ability.

As a Broncos fit, Mitchell would mix really well with Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders on the outside. The issue is, Bennie Fowler, Cody Latimer and Jordan Norwood are all good talents that round out the receiver corps for Denver, making Mitchell unneeded. Mitchell fits really well, and would be good value, but I think he goes higher than where Denver would be willing to pick up a receiver.

Broncos Round Projection: Late 3rd

Where He Goes: Late 2nd to Late 3rd

Per sources: A few teams are really high on Mitchell after seeing other receivers make it in the NFL without top-end speed. A couple sources told me that teams have talked about taking him as high as the middle of the second round.

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Erick Trickel in an Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @Alaskan_Bronco. And be sure to like MileHighHuddle on Facebook

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