NFL Draft

Several draft prospects are scheduled to visit Green Bay in the coming days. Here's a look at South Florida inside linebacker Kawika Mitchell.<P>

Mitchell, part of a slim linebacker draft class this year, was a four-year starter for South Florida who moved in with the first team as a red-shirt freshman.

Used at both weak side and middle linebacker, he broke his own school record as a senior with 117 tackles, also totaling 19 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, intercepting 1 pass and breaking up 5 more. The 6-1, 253-pound Mitchell originally set the record as a junior with 106 tackles after posting 77 the prior season.

Mitchell has been called a solid two down defender who will flourish at the next level if his pass cover assignments are kept to a minimum.

The TFY scouting report on Mitchell tabs him as a "forceful, run defending linebacker best up the field. Patient, reads the action and stays with assignments. Plays with a nasty attitude, adjusts off blocks and aggressively attacks opposing ball carriers, wrapping up and bringing them down on initial contact. Flows to the play laterally, quick filling the gaps and snuffs out the ball carrier."

Mitchell's drawbacks, according to scouting reports, include limited range and pass defense skills.


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