Terrance Mitchell NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Cowboys CB

Ian WhartonContributor IMarch 3, 2014

Oregon defensive back Terrance Mitchell (27) runs in front of Virginia offensive linesman Luke Bowanko (70) during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Charlottesville, Va. Oregon defeated Virginia 59-10. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)
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Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon (HT: 5’11⅛”; WT: 195 lbs)

Dallas Cowboys

Seventh Round: 254th Pick

Combine Weigh In
511119530 1/8"8 5/8"
Combine Results
40-yard dash10-yard splitVertBroad3-ConeShuttle
4.631.5334"9' 8"6.574.00



  • Good-sized athlete who can line up in multiple positions of the field, including boundary cornerback and as an occasional nickelback.
  • Recognizes plays well and reacts quickly. He often takes his first time in the correct direction, saving time and movement because he does not have to recover from the wrong read.
  • Showed promise in press coverage, utilizing good mirror technique and a strong jam move with his body.
  • Overcomes physical limitations using good instincts and anticipation, especially on outside routes. He understands how to use the sideline to his advantage.
  • Special-teams contributor throughout his career will help keep him active in the league.
  • Experience against spread offenses and multiple personnel packages could help slow things down as he transitions into NFL speed and playbooks.
  • Was in the right place at the right time for interceptions. His turnover total was respectable in such a pass-heavy conference.



  • Lacks top-end speed on film and also out of pads, as he ran a 4.77 40 time as a junior at Oregon.
  • Footwork is a mess, as he doesn’t keep a square base from shoulders to feet. His feet are often all over the place as he scrambles to come back to the ball.
  • Wastes movement on comeback routes due to heavy feet. His throttle down isn’t poor, but he can clean up his amount of wasted steps.
  • Doesn’t have the short-area burst or explosiveness out of his transition to come back to the ball and beat the throw.
  • Tackles too high on ball-carriers and was bulldozed on a few occasions due to his poor effort and tackling form.
  • Despite not having great athletic ability, he can excel in technique and effort, which he doesn’t consistently do. To be a reliable player, talent and effort must be present.
  • Conservative against the run, often just tries to funnel the back to the sideline. Don’t expect many plays made near the line of scrimmage, or even behind it.
  • He doesn’t show consistent aggressiveness toward attacking the ball, and most interceptions came from tipped passes and being in the area. He has to force the turnovers for himself in the NFL.
Collegiate Statistics


Personal Notes

  • A former 3-star prospect and No. 33 ranked cornerback in the nation out of Sacramento, Calif.
  • Felt he received an “unfair” evaluation from the NFL advisory board.
  • Twitter handle is @twosevenmitch.


Ratings Chart

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Mitchell is an average athlete, both laterally and vertically. For a league that puts a premium on speed at the defensive back position, Mitchell needs to find his niche by playing hard against the run and having strong instincts, two things he didn’t show consistently at Oregon.


Draft Projection: Sixth round