2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: RB Elijah Mitchell

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PROSPECT SUMMARY – ELIJAH MITCHELL

Elijah Mitchell fits the profile of a late-round back for the NFL draft who ends up finding a firm role in an offensive backfield and commands a share of carries throughout the course of his rookie contract. Mitchell has a dense frame, plenty of contact balance, and soft hands, all of which added up to a highly productive career with the Ragin’ Cajuns. Mitchell accounted for 46 total touchdowns and 3,864 yards from scrimmage over his four years with the program, all while splitting time with backs like Trey Ragas and Raymond Calais. Mitchell has upside to become a more well rounded and prominent threat for teams who aren’t looking for explosiveness from their backs out of the backfield given his frame and pass-catching skills—but because of his athletic profile, he is likely to be a victim of positional value and a lack of priority via the NFL draft process. Mitchell’s floor is as a bottom of the roster back and if he lands with a team filled with capable ball-carriers, he may end up bouncing around the league before falling into a depth role. 

Ideal Role: Early-down option in running back by committee stable.

Scheme Fit: Inside and wide zone concepts.

Written by: Kyle Crabbs

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Kyle Crabbs

Director of Scouting

Kyle Crabbs is the Director of Scouting for The Draft Network. Prior to his time with TDN, Kyle worked for seven years as the founder of his own third-party scouting service, NDT Scouting. Providing media coverage and also consultation services for agencies, Crabbs penned an annual NFL Draft Prospectus featuring 300+ player profiles on an annual basis from 2014-2020. Crabbs is currently the co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast with fellow TDN scout Joe Marino and helps coordinate TDN's national scouting effort.

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