PFF scouting report: Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia

Gordon McGuinness and the PFF draft analysts break down the play of Georgia's Malcolm Mitchell ahead of the 2016 NFL draft.

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PFF scouting report: Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia


Below is the PFF draft profile for Georgia’s Malcolm Mitchell, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here.

Position fit:

Outside wide receiver. 673 of his 722 snaps in 2015 came from outside

Stats to know:

Forced 13 missed tackles on just 58 receptions in 2015

What he does best:

• Showed the ability to adjust to a lot of poor passes at times in 2015, and had the 16th-highest receiving grade in this draft class
• Varied route runner, picking up a reception on nine different route types in 2015. That’s even more impressive when you consider that he had just 58 receptions
• Uses his body well to shield defenders from the ball. Caught 19 of the 20 catchable passes thrown his way on hitch routes in 2015, picking up 242 yards in the process
• Good with the ball in his hands, forcing 13 missed tackles from his 58 catches this past season
• Small sample size, but solid hands over the past two seasons, dropping just four of the 93 catchable passes thrown his way between 2014 and 2015

Biggest concerns:

• Smaller sample size than many other receivers in the class with just 1,017 snaps and 89 receptions for 1,114 yards between 2014 and 2015
• One-year wonder? College career was derailed by an ACL injury in 2012. Really wasn’t back to full strength until this year but it limits the amount of snaps we’ve seen from him at his best
• Is overall lack of production in 2015 an issue? Ranked 36th amongst receivers in this draft class with 865 receiving yards, and tied for 41st in receptions. In defense of Mitchell here, he did at least rank 17th in terms of yards per route run, so part of the lack of production is down to Georgia’s run-heavy offense

Bottom line:

Mitchell was once regarded as a top-10 prospect after some impressive work early in his career. That 2012 knee injury really stalled his college career though, and leaves us with a limited amount of work to look at when trying to find out how good he can be at the next level. Ultimately that will push him down the draft board, and might lead to the team that drafts him getting a huge steal.

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