Terrance Mitchell, CB

School: Oregon  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 192 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.592.591.57- 349'9"4.006.57

Player Overview

Many predicted that following the 2013 season the Oregon Ducks would be losing a cornerback early to the NFL. Most expected that player to be Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, an All-American, who instead made the surprising decision to return to Eugene for his senior campaign.

Mitchell feasted on quarterbacks avoiding Ekpre-Olomu's side of the field in 2013, leading the Ducks with five interceptions, easily the best production of his three seasons as a starter. Rather than risk losing momentum with longtime defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti retiring and Oregon's starting safeties Avery Patterson and Brian Jackson graduating, Mitchell made the decision to leave school early despite a grade from the NFL Advisory Committee that he characterized as "not a fair evaluation."

Mitchell's breakout 2013 season is intriguing, as is his experience and overall athleticism. He'll need to prove his straight-line speed in workouts, however, and cut down on the grabby hands in coverage once he gets his shot in the NFL if he's going to prove that the committee was wrong.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Sports a lean, athletic frame with long arms and a gambling mentality that can result in big plays. Fluid hips to change directions and shows good acceleration out of his turns to run with receivers across the middle or downfield.

Alert defender who reads the quarterback and receiver, responding well when the ball is in the air. Very confident in his ability to close. Will bait quarterbacks, allowing room to receivers and breaking downhill hard to close in a flash. Competes for the football, showing good timing to leap, as well as the hand-eye coordination to battle bigger receivers. Showed significant improvement as an interceptor in 2013, snaring five passes after just two combined over his previous two starting seasons.

Generally reliable open-field tackler, who is cognizant in run support.

WEAKNESSES: A bit high and choppy in his backpedal. Does not appear to possess preferred top-end speed, showing more initial burst and quickness than sustained acceleration. Got away with a lot of hand-play throughout college, frequently extending his arm to cut off receivers as they turn and arriving just before the ball.

Gets his hands on a lot of passes but struggled to turn those opportunities into interceptions throughout most of his career; only seven of 32 career passes defended were picked off.

Not particularly physical in run support. Will make the tackle when necessary but doesn't seem to enjoy the physicality of the game, often dancing around the action rather than getting involved.

COMPARES TO: Greg Toler, Indianapolis Colts - Mitchell is a good athlete whose big plays helped him earn a solid reputation but whose inconsistencies could keep him off the board heading into Day Three. Without more subtlety in coverage, Mitchell could find earning and keeping a starting job in the NFL is much more difficult than at the collegiate level.

--Rob Rang (1/14/14)

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05/11/2014 - A closer look at the Cowboys' picks: Round 7/254 -- Terrance Mitchell, CB, 5-11, 192, Oregon...The Cowboys had little contact with Mitchell during the draft process. But they like his size and potential. He intercepted seven passes and totaled 32 passes defended during three seasons at Oregon. - The Sports Xchange


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