On the third day of draft action, the New England Patriots selected Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell with the 112th pick overall.
Although he has been sidelined with knee injuries in his collegiate career, the 6-foot, 198 pound Georgia native played in 34 career games, where he is third in school history with 174 catches for 2,350 yards and 16 touchdowns.
In his first two seasons in Athens, Mitchell snagged 85 balls for 1,237 yards and eight touchdowns before tearing his ACL celebrating a Todd Gurley touchdown in 2013. Nevertheless, Mitchell rehabbed his ailing knee and came back strong in his final two seasons, hauling in 89 passes for 1,114 yards and eight TDs
Sticking with the Patriots' theme of versatility, which we have seen throughout this entire draft, Mitchell is a multi-dimensional player that can offer special teams attributes to New England in both the punt return and kick return teams, an ability to rush the football, and even some experience at defensive back.
While actions on the football field are always extremely important, Mitchell has done some amazing work off the field as well. After struggling to learn how to read in high school, Mitchell has become engrossed in the Athens community, where he belongs to a senior women's bookclub. Additionally, Mitchell published a children's book last summer.
Because Mitchell exudes mental toughness and adversity, it appears as if Bill Belichick believes that this potential cornerstone deep threat could be a good fit in New England for years to come.
Final Grade: A-