Mitchell, a 2014 seventh-rounder, easily had his best statistical season as professional last year with the Chiefs but proved to be somewhat of an on-field liability -- so much so he was ultimately benched in Week 8. He didn't see significant playing time again until Week 12 before getting benched again in Week 16, and then once again for Kansas City's postseason loss to the Titans on Jan. 6. Fortunately, he'll now get a fresh start in Cleveland and will compete for slotting on the depth chart underneath undisputed top cornerback Jason McCourty.
Mitchell racked up 53 tackles (48 solo) and four interceptions during the 2017 regular season.
Mitchell appeared in no more than eight games in his first three NFL seasons and wasn't much of a contributor in his first few seasons in the league. That changed in 2017, when the fourth-year cornerback provided the team with some quality snaps with Steven Nelson down with an abdominal injury early in the season, and Marcus Peters missing a game late due to a suspension and a rest day in Week 17. The team signed Darrelle Revis late in the campaign, but that experiment seemingly fell flat. A restricted free agent heading into 2018, it wouldn't be surprising if the Chiefs re-upped the 25-year-old in 2018, albeit more as a depth corner when Peters and Nelson are both on the field.
Mitchell recorded his third interception of the season in Sunday's 26-16 win over the Raiders.
Mitchell had four tackles (all solo) and three total pass breakups in his spot start for the suspended Marcus Peters, who will return to action this week. The interception was the 25-year-old's first since his two-pick performance against the Chargers in Week 3.
Mitchell will start at cornerback against the Raiders on Sunday, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.
Mitchell is getting the spot start in place of Marcus Peters (suspension). He'll likely be lined up across from Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper. Mitchell has performed well in past starts and will look to do so once again.
Mitchell recorded a team-high nine tackles (all solo) and two interceptions in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Chargers.
Mitchell started opposite superstar Marcus Peters -- who intercepted a pass as well -- so it shouldn't come as a surprise that Phillip Rivers looked his way quite often. Mitchell held his own Sunday and will likely be tasked with doing the same moving forward.
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||7||19||17.0||2||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||6|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||15||53||48.0||5||0||4||40||10.0||40||0||18|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|