HB Keaton Mitchell, ECU (5-9, 184, #2)
Career Stats: 33 Games Played, 463 Rushes, 3027 Yards, 25 TD | 60 Receptions, 580 yards, 3 TD | 15 KR, 234 yards
Mitchell is an explosive runner, he’s likely going to run a sub 4.4 40 yard dash when the time comes this weekend and it won’t be shocking if it’s lower. He’s smooth in short areas and is able to move out defenders with high end ball carrier moves. He moves well in space and has a high end ability to stop in space and get back up to full speed quickly. Mitchell demonstrates a strong second gear that doesn’t take long for him to reach and he can easily maneuver in space or past defenders at that speed. Despite being small Mitchell doesn’t go down on contact well and he shows the ability to break through defenders or small gaps. There’s a quick first step that paired with his vision make him almost unstoppable within four yards of the line of scrimmage. As a receiver he’s smooth with sharp routes and elite post catch ability, he does a good job tucking the ball as well. Biggest concerns come with his size which leads to a lack of power and ability to break away from defensive ends in the backfield. Mitchell has a tendency to get confused on plays inside the guards which tends to get him wrapped up for a loss at times.
Mitchell is an explosive runner, he has the threat to take any play either in the receiving game or as a rusher to the house. He’s a quick runner who pairs with his elite to out maneuver defenders in space or in the box, paired with his strong ability to evade first contact he’s seemingly an all around back. The biggest concerns will come with Mitchell’s ability to uphold in pass protection which can negate his three down ability.
Round Grade: Early 4th Round