2010 NFL Draft Results: Is Cleveland Browns' Carlton Mitchell the Next Colston?

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IApril 24, 2010

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 28:  Receiver Carlton Mitchell #2 of the University of South Florida Bulls scores a touchdown against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Raymond James Stadium September 28, 2007 in Tampa Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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With their first of two sixth round picks in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected South Florida wide receiver Carlton Mitchell.

First of all, Mitchell is a developmental project at receiver, just like any other sixth round pick in the draft so don't look for him to make any major contributions in the 2010 season.

The Browns have a promising, but young group of wide receivers on their roster and Mitchell may be one of the most intriguing prospects in the group now that he will be wearing the orange and brown.

At 6'3" and 215 pounds, Mitchell is the perfect standard height and weight when it comes to being a possible top-notch receiver per NFL standards.

Playing at a smaller college like South Florida, Mitchell may not be prepared to face NFL-caliber cornerbacks, but then again who would have thought that Saints receiver Marques Colston would be as successful as he has been being a seventh round pick himself.

Colston played for Hostra, which is a smaller school as well and he is of similar height and weight to Mitchell.

Granted this comparison is a very loose one, but Colston was very confident and motivated after getting passed over by all over team for six-plus rounds which led to his success in his NFL career thus-far.

Mitchell needs to mirror himself after what Colston has done and perhaps even find his number to call for advice.

If Mitchell can follow the same or at the very least a similar path as Colston did, he could make many opposing teams hate the fact they passed on him and endure himself to Browns fans everywhere by focusing himself to be one of the best.

He certainly has the size, skill, and speed to do so too.

Let's just just hope that Mitchell can be everything we thought Braylon Edwards was supposed to be for the Browns' offense in the future.


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