NFL.com’s website didn’t have him listed on their draft tracker, he wasn’t listed on Todd McShay’s list, and even Mel Kiper barely had him listed in his 2009 NFL Draft book. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock had only found out about him three weeks ago.
Michael Mitchell was definitely on the Oakland Raiders’ draft cheat sheet. With the 47th pick of the draft, the Raiders’ second-round pick, the safety from Ohio University.
That would be Ohio University and not the Big 10 behemoth that is Ohio STATE University.
Mitchell, who wasn’t invited to the combine, first turned heads when he ran a 4.4 second 40-yard dash at his Pro Day workout on March 12. After that, he began visiting NFL teams – reportedly 15.
In 2008, he played in 11 of a possible 12 games and logged 62 total tackles (36 solo) three interceptions and five passes defensed. He also forced two fumbles and chalked up a quarterback sack.
While many have not seen the new Oakland Raider play, they can find his highlight video on YouTube.
“Very physical guy, again,” explained Cable when discussing Mitchell. “When you see some highlights of this guy, and they cut him up, you’re going to see a guy that reminds you, and I don’t want to put too much pressure on the guy, but he has that Ronnie Lott, that Jack Tatum mentality. He literally knocks people out. Knocks the pile back, knocks runners backward, knocks receivers backward. Very smart football player. Has been about a 3 ½ -year starter for them. A very, very physical football player with good size.”