Earl Mitchell was selected by the Houston Texans in the third round of the NFL Draft with the 81st overall pick.
Mitchell totaled 6.5 sacks and 48 tackles in his senior season. This is considerably impressive as it was only his second year playing defensive tackle. He played fullback and tight end for the Wildcats his freshman and sophomore seasons.
Mitchell status skyrocketed at the combine, posting the fastest time of all defensive tackles (4.75). Mitchell’s versatility intrigues many teams as he could play defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense and a defensive end in a 3-4. With Houston Texans it is likely he will play defensive tackle alongside Pro Bowler Mario Williams.
Mitchell was a fan favorite in Arizona for his work ethic and willingness to do anything to help his team. He even garnered the nickname EMFM (take a guess what the MF stands for) for that work ethic.