I’m not sure that many Dallas Cowboys fans out there were sitting in front of their TV’s during the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft saying, “please take Terrance Mitchell, please.” Maybe we should have been, though. Some have called Mitchell a “complete steal” in the seventh round, and many had him rated much higher than that.
Mitchell put together an impressive junior season, with 59 tackles, seven breakups and five interceptions. He chose to leave school early after the strong year, and he has solid size for a cornerback at 5-foot-11 and 192 pounds. With all of that being said, why did he fall into the late seventh round? A part of it was due to the fact that the former Oregon Duck has small hands and arms, which definitely hit his stock.
Now, with Mitchell landing in Dallas, he gets a chance to push the former first round pick Morris Claiborne a bit, as Claiborne has struggled to live up to the expectations that many had, and still have for him. Brandon Carr and Orlando Scandrick are both locked in as starters, but Claiborne will likely be trying to push Scandrick, while avoiding the players behind him such as Mitchell, B.W. Webb and Sterling Moore.
Mitchell definitely has learning left to do before he’s ready to get into the NFL action, but I strongly believe that his potential is there. He gives the Cowboys depth at the position, as well as motivates the players in front of him. The possibility of Mitchell turning into a No. 3 cornerback in the NFL is definitely there, and I love his game, as well as his upside. He may not get a ton of time in 2014, but he’ll be out there working hard trying to climb the depth chart.