It was believed that being a Political Science major, as well as a two sport college athlete (baseball and football), made Mitchell both athletic and intelligent enough for the West Coast Offense.
That did not end up being the case though.
Like any rookie, he had difficulty in learning the complex Philadelphia playbook and didn't play much his first season.
The Eagles hoped Mitchell would break out in 2002, but instead he only caught 12 passes for 105 yards over the whole season.
Impatient fans and media began tossing around the term "bust" soon after. In spite of his failures, Mitchell remained as confident in himself as ever.
He showed some promise in '03, when 23 of his 35 receptions went for first downs, and he caught his second and third career touchdown passes.
Of course, who can forget the fourth and 26 situation, where Mitchell caught a 28 yard pass for a first down in between two Packer defenders? Would this be the moment that turned things around for Mitchell?
Some thought that with Terrell Owens joining the team, more balls would come his way due to double teams and rolled coverage. Even though he was a part of another great moment in Eagle history, when Donovan made his 14 second scramble to find him for a 60-yard catch, he managed only 22 catches for the year.
He still stayed cocky and even dedicated an entire press conference to the greatness of his hands. Then came the Super Bowl.
Normally tight-lipped coach Bill Belichick said of Mitchell, "All he does is talk. He's terrible, and you can print that. I was happy when he was in the game."
Further writing his ticket out of town, he continued to sound off in interviews where he criticized McNabb, Owens, and the New England Patriots as well as their head coach, Bill Belichick, saying that the way they reacted reminded him of "little girls".
Mitchell said he felt that if he had gotten the ball more they would have won. "Owens and Donavan must not have wanted to win the game" said Mitchell.
90 receptions 1,263 yards and five touchdowns after the 2001 draft, and Mitchell was not only gone from the Eagles, but from the NFL as well.
Impact to the Eagles: Not only was this a wasted first round pick, but five picks later a guy named Reggie Wayne was picked. Or how about 11 picks later a guy named Chad Johnson was scooped up? How's his career going?
Dishonorable mention: Todd Pinkston—Second round, 36th pick. Need I say more?