Mitchell Makes His Case

The high-potential wide receiver makes a late push for the roster. The OBR's Don Delco chats with the receiver about his progress...

CLEVELAND — Ten days before the Cleveland Browns rookies reported to Berea, the Orange and Brown Report caught up with sixth-round draft pick out of South Florida Carlton Mitchell.

On Thursday, Mitchell played in the fourth and final preseason game. The waiting game begins. At 6 p.m. on Saturday, the Browns will trim their roster to 53 players. In other words, 22 players will have their dreams dashed.

How is Mitchell holding up?

"Little by little the game is slowing down," Mitchell said. "It's so important to be on the right page with the quarterback, watch film and understand scheme and technique. Once you get that down it is just playing football."

Against the Bears, Mitchell was targeted twice and had two catches for 22 yards, which brings his preseason totals to four catches for 33 yards.

Mitchell entered the NFL Draft last August with concerns he turned pro too early. In college, he only started 18 of 37 games. His junior season was his most successful season, as he caught 40 balls for 706 yards and four touchdowns.

On April 24, the Browns drafted Mitchell with the eighth pick of the sixth round (No. 177 overall).

Before Thursday's game, Browns coach Eric Mangini spoke to the team. With cuts looming, Mangini wanted to stress to his players not to look back on this game and have any regrets. Mitchell took those words to heart and was pleased with his performance.

"I went out there and I have no regrets," he said. "There are a few things I wish I could have done better, but I played my heart out. Now I sit back and see what happens. They'll make the best decisions for the team and I respect that."

Mitchell is amongst a logjam at the Browns wide receiver corps that includes Jake Allen, Josh Cribbs, Bobby Engram, Mohamed Massaquoi, Brian Robiskie, Syndric Steptoe and Chansi Stuckey. Engram led all Browns receivers Thursday with six catches for 61 yards.

Based on who played and who rested on Thursday, Mitchell is in a battle with Allen, Engram and Steptoe to make 53-man roster. Mitchell is also eligible to be placed on the Browns practice squad.

"I'm just living the dream," Mitchell said. "Every day I wake up I'm excited to be where I'm at. I still have a lot of things I have to work on and camp was positive for me. Some bad times. Some good times. I felt I grew as a player."

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