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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Khalif Mitchell

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 318 | College: East Carolina
 
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Overview

Mitchell spent his first two seasons at North Carolina, making 28 tackles as a part-time starter before transferring to East Carolina. After sitting out the 2006 season, Mitchell made honorable mention All-Conference USA with 19 tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss. He only played in seven games, missing time early in the season with ankle and foot injuries. His 16 tackles, three for loss and a sack was not the type of production the Pirates hoped to see in his final season, but Mitchell's size and athleticism pique the interest of scouts.

Analysis

Positives: Tall with long arms and good upper- and lower-body strength. … Fluid when running in space. … Chases down the line and hustles downfield. … Can push his man into the backfield when gaining leverage one-on-one. … Uses his length to wrap up ballcarriers after they get into the hole. … Has the body and athleticism to play defensive end in the 3-4 alignment.

Negatives: Only adequate quickness off the snap. … Doesn't play to his strength -- gets too upright and lacks the anchor to hold his ground against double teams. … Must improve his hand play to get off blocks and beat his man in pass rush. … Leans into his man too much, costing him balance and allowing linemen to use his movement against him. … Susceptible to cut blocks because of his height, but has the recovery speed to get up and make a tackle. … Was substituted out in most rushing situations. … Lacks great awareness and doesn't keep his eyes in the backfield. … Medical check required on recent injuries.

2008 Season

Recorded four starts in seven games played before being sidelined with an injured back the week leading up to the UCF contest … Tallied 16 tackles (six solo, 10 assists) with 3.0 TFLs (-9 yards) and one sack (-6 yards) … Notched 11th career start (nose guard) against N.C. State … Entered senior season as the top nose guard on a defensive unit that received preseason national recognition.

2007 Season

A honorable mention All-Conference USA selection (coaches) … Recorded 19 tackles (10 solo, nine assists) in 11 games played (six starts) … Had 5.5 TFLs (-24 yards) and two sacks (-20 yards) … Notched a career-high four tackles (solo, three assists) against Marshall (11/10) … Had one tackle and helped anchor a defensive unit that allowed just 33 rushing yards in Pirate debut at Va. Tech before following with his first career fumble recovery and a blocked PAT vs. North Carolina … Collected three tackles (all TFLs for -16 yards) against UTEP (10/13) … First career interception came against UCF (10/6) … Part of a defensive unit that held four opponent to 80 yards or less rushing (VT/33, UNC/79, NCSU/49, Memphis/77) … Also recorded three QBHs and one pass breakup … Sat out the 2006 season in compliance with NCAA transfer regulations after arrival in late summer … vs. Va. Tech (9/1): Credited with one total tackle (assist) in Pirate debut … vs. UNC (9/8): Finished game with three total tackles (two solo, assist) against former teammates … Had one TFL (-1 yard) … Recovered first career fumble in the fourth quarter … Blocked Connor Barth's PAT in the third quarter … vs. USM (9/15): Recorded first Pirate start at one of the defensive tackle positions … Left game early due to injury and did not record any stats … vs. WVU (9/22): Limited in action due to ankle injury … Credited with one tackle (solo) in a reserve role … vs. Houston (9/29): DNP-INJ … vs. UCF (10/6): Experienced action in a reserve role … Recorded one tackle (assist) … Picked off first career pass in the third quarter (no return) … Also credited with one QBH … vs. UTEP (10/13): Started second game … Credited with three tackles (all solo) … All three tackles came for a loss (-16 yards) … Picked up first sack as a Pirate in the third quarter (-14 yards) … Also credited with one pass breakup … vs. NC State (10/20): Registered one tackle (assist) in his third start of the season … vs. UAB (10/27): Recorded fourth career start … Recorded two tackles (both assists) … Had a half TFL (-1yard) … Credited with two QBHs … vs. Memphis (11/3): Started fifth game of the season - no stats … Key member of defensive unit that held the Tigers to 77 rushing yards … vs. Marshall (11/10): Recorded a careerhigh four stops (solo, three assists) in sixth start of the season … Credited with one sack (-6 yards) and one TFL (-6 yards) in the first quarter … vs. Tulane (11/24): DNJ-INJ … vs. Boise State (12/23): Recorded three total tackles (solo) all in a reserve role … Part of a defensive unit that held the Broncos to 98 rushing yards.

2006 Season

Sat out the season in compliance with NCAA transfer regulations after arrival in late summer … Contributed a noteworthy performance on the scout unit, perhaps giving ECU offensive linemen a more competitive look during the week than on Saturdays, thus credited with accelerating the young unit's development … Earned the Rick Bankston Memorial Award as the defensive unit's top scout team player.

2005 Season

As a sophomore in 2005, he recorded 13 tackles, four quarterback hurries and recovered two fumbles.

2004 Season

Enrolled in January, 2004, and participated in spring practice … Started two games on the defensive line … Had 15 tackles, including nine primary stops and six assists … Also had 4.5 tackles for losses, 1.5 sacks, one pass breakup, one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry … Had one tackle against Boston College in the Continental Tire Bowl … Made two tackles and had 1.5 sacks in the win at Duke … Assisted on a tackle against Miami … Posted three tackles at Utah and had a 1-yard tackle for loss.

Made perhaps the most important tackle of the season when he stopped NC State's T.A. McLendon at the goal line and jarred the ball loose with just six seconds remaining in the game … Carolina recovered the fumble and secured a 30-24 victory over the Wolfpack … It was his only tackle of the game … Had one assisted tackle against FSU … Did not start against Louisville, but had one tackle and broke up one pass … Started against Georgia Tech … Made his first career start at Virginia and responded with three tackles, including a team-best two tackles for losses of 19 yards … Had two tackles and one pressure against William & Mary.

High School

Started on the defensive line at Hargrave Military Academy and helped lead the team to an 8-1 record … Started at defensive end and tight end at First Colonial High School … Also played fullback, rushing for 68 yards on eight carries as a senior … Played football for just two seasons after moving to Virginia from New Jersey … Also competed in the shot put and discus in track and field … Coached by Sam Scarborough at First Colonial and Robert Prunty at Hargrave.

Personal

Son of Denise Mitchell and Dalton Bramuell … Born Khalif Quadree Mitchell on April 7, 1985 … Favorite athletes are Julius Peppers and Lawrence Taylor … Selected No. 94 because it is the reverse of the No. 49 worn by Julius Peppers … Can play the drums … Likes to listen to music and relax before a game … Only began playing football in his junior year of high school … African American history major.

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