Speedster CB Visits Dallas

TheRanchReport.com learns of defensive back that the Dallas Cowboys have shown significant interest in. <BR>

TheRanchReport.com has learned that the Dallas Cowboys have had Missouri cornerback Shirdonya Mitchell in for a visit at Valley Ranch.

Why would the Cowboys be interested in a cornerback in this year's draft? Well, for starters, Mitchell boasts several physical attributes and skills that are favorites of Bill Parcells.

He has decent size at 6-feet tall and 195 pounds. He also has blazing speed, being clocked in the 4.3 range on several occasions in college. He actually broke the Missouri team record in the 40-yard dash, at a blazing 4.28 seconds.

Mitchell also has the ability to return kicks, taking back 22 kickoffs for a 24.1 yard average as a junior and 10 kicks for 188 yards as a senior.

His downside is that he recently suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during a pro workout. Whichever team signs him, will also have to be involved in his extensive rehab.

Mitchell recorded 39 total tackles, six passes broken up, and four interceptions during his final year at Missouri.
One scout recently noted, "Mitchell is a terrific athlete with a huge upside and he made major strides last season as a senior."

"He offers the computer numbers to eventually develop into a starting cornerback in the NFL, but he needs time and repetition to fully learn the position."

Scout.com currently ranks Mitchell as the 25th best cornerback available in the 2005 Draft.

For the Cowboys, cornerback is not a pressing need after signing Anthony Henry, however building depth at the position is still on 2005 NFL Draft checklist.

Should Mitchell be available after the fifth round, which looks likely, the Cowboys will give him consideration.

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