WR Dillon Mitchell, Oregon*

6’1” – 197 lbs. – 4.46
Caught just two passes in his first season with the Ducks, then became a starter the following year, posting 42-517-4. Enjoyed a breakout junior year of 75-1,184-10 before deciding to forego his senior season and declare for the draft. Takes snaps both inside and outside. Runs routes to all three levels of the field. Not a true burner but has enough speed to challenge downfield, creating opportunities to take snaps against soft coverage and take advantage of the room underneath on hitches, curls, and comebacks, routes which accounted for a lot of his production. Overall tree is a little bit simple and will need to get used to running a fuller complement of routes and taking snaps on the line of scrimmage where he’ll be releasing against physical press coverage. Didn’t get much separation as a boundary receiver down the field; more of a threat to get himself into the soft spots in seams when running downfield from the slot. Also able to create in the open field on banana routes, drags, and other patterns of that nature. Hands-catcher with a solid radius; also showed impressive leaping ability at the Combine, but wasn’t really able to display it during the games reviewed. Tracks the ball well over his shoulder when running down the seams and sidelines. Has the body control to adjust to poorly-thrown balls behind him; also able to pirouette and get his feet down inbounds when working the sideline. However, can struggle to come down with contested catches in tight coverage. Good runner after the catch, with the vision and flexibility to weave through traffic and make defenders miss in the open field. Willing to get behind his pads and fight to finish runs by falling forward for yardage after contact. Weak blocker who goes through the motions and struggles to sustain even when he gets extension and squares up an opponent. Doesn’t really play with the type of competitiveness as a blocker that he shows with the ball in his hands. Only had one year of high level production at the college level, but offers an interesting combination of flexibility, body control, and elusiveness which should interest teams picking around the middle of the draft. Biggest questions are how he will handle physical pro coverage and whether he will be able to get enough separation at the next level.

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