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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: WR Myron Mitchell

  • The Draft Network
  • January 30, 2021
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Myron Mitchell’s path took him to UAB after spending time in the community college ranks. While he was flashy in 2019 with some impressive plays down the field, Mitchell became a more consistent overall player in 2020. Converting nearly 20% more of his targets into receptions in 2020 when compared to 2019, Mitchell was more comfortable with his role in the offense and cleaned up some challenges he had with drops. Mitchell is a lean receiver that has the ability to win down the field with his impressive athleticism and ball skills. With that said, he has room to develop his route-running technique and become a more versatile wide receiver. For an NFL offense that likes to spread the field and get three and four receivers on the field with consistency, Mitchell is an appealing option to provide depth in addition to providing some value in the return game. Mitchell is an ascending talent, he is just unproven. Even at UAB, his production was modest and he has too many games where he doesn’t make much of an impact or command a high volume of targets. 

Ideal Role: WR 4/5 that brings depth in the return game.

Scheme Fit: Spread.


Written by: Joe Marino 

Games watched: Central Arkansas (2020), Miami (2020), Louisiana Tech (2020), Rice (2019). 

Best Game Studied: Miami (2020) 

Worst Game Studied: Louisiana Tech (2020) 

Route Running: Mitchell is a quick and twitchy athlete but has room to grow when it comes to executing routes. He was not asked to run a very diverse route tree in college, so it’s just about learning how to apply his physical gifts to running routes. His traits suggest he can be effective running routes to all levels of the field. 

Hands: Mitchell had some challenges with drops in 2019, but that was eased with improvements in 2020. Mitchell makes some of the most impressive grabs you will ever see through contact and down the field. His ability to do that speaks to his plucky hands and strong grip. 

Separation: Mitchell has the agility and quickness needed to be a dynamic separator, he just needs to hone in on his route-running technique to fully unleash that.  Mitchell has enough speed to challenge defenses down the field, which is a major asset for his ability to snap off routes and get open at all levels of the field. With improved technique in terms of timing and setting up corners in his route stems, Mitchell has what it takes to create consistent separation. 

Release Package: Mitchell is able to reduce his surface area and take steep angles off the line of scrimmage to clear tight press coverage. With that said, he doesn’t have the size or functional strength to clear jams with power and is reliant on that finesse. Mitchell does well to vary his releases which helps him stay on schedule. 

Run After Catch: Mitchell is quick, twitchy, and bursty with the ball in his hands. He sees the field well and has creativity as a ball-carrier. With that said, Mitchell isn’t much of a tackle breaker and he isn’t quite as dynamic as you want him to be given his style of play. 

Ball Skills: Mitchell has come down with some of the most impressive acrobatic catches I have ever seen. He is ultra-focused at the catch point and he does a great job of tracking and adjusting to the football. Given his lean frame, it’s surprising what he is able to do through contact and in a crowd when it comes to coming down with the football. 

Football IQ: Mitchell enters the NFL with modest experience having only two seasons at UAB and spending time after a few seasons at community college. He found most of his success relying on his traits and has room to grow when it comes to getting the technical side of things down. 

Versatility: Mitchell spent most of his time in the slot at UAB, but he has experience out wide. While his production was modest (22 yards/kick return, 4.4 yards/punt return), he has experience returning punts and kicks. Mitchell has appeal as a weapon to all levels of the field. 

Competitive Toughness: I love the way Mitchell competes. He has a slender build and doesn’t have great functional strength, but you have to love how fearless he is and the alpha mentality he has on the field. He gets after it as a blocker and battles. 

Big-Play Ability: Mitchell’s speed and ball skills make him an appealing vertical threat. He averaged almost 16 yards per reception in college. Mitchell has the ability to produce after the catch and hit explosive plays in the return game. 

Prospect Comparison: Terry Godwin (2019 NFL Draft, Carolina Panthers) 


TDN Consensus: To Be Determined

Joe Marino: 66.5/100

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