Adonai Mitchell - WR - Texas

Adonai Mitchell, formerly a Georgia Bulldog, took advantage of the transfer portal and made his way to Texas for his final year. In that final year at Texas, he had career marks across the board and made it known that he is a legitimate NFL prospect in this upcoming NFL Draft.

Measurables

Height: 6′ 2″

Weight: 205 lbs

Age: 21

40-yard dash: 4.34s

3-cone drill: DNP

20-yard shuttle: DNP

Vertical Jump: 39.5″

Broad Jump: 11’4″

Bench Press: DNP

*age is at the start of player’s rookie year

College Stats

Receiving & Rushing Table
ReceivingRushingScrimmage
YearSchoolConfClassPosGRecYdsAvgTDAttYdsAvgTDPlaysYdsAvgTD
*2021GeorgiaSECFRWR152942614.740002942614.74
*2022GeorgiaSECSO6913414.93000913414.93
*2023TexasBig 12JRWR145584515.411210.505784614.811
CareerOverall93140515.118210.5095140614.818
Georgia3856014.770003856014.77
Texas5584515.411210.505784614.811
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 2/25/2024.

Notable Headlines

Despite being just a 3-star recruit committing to the Georgia Bulldogs, Mitchell made his impact known right out of the gates as a true freshman. While Brock Bowers led the team in overall receiving, the three leading wide receivers that were on the team were all within 71 yards of each other. Jermaine Burton was the leading wide receiver with 497 yards, but Mitchell was right behind him with 426 receiving yards. Ladd McConkey was in between Burton and Mitchell with 447 receiving yards, and all 4 of the players mentioned so far (Bowers, Burton, McConkey, and Mitchell) are expected to be drafted in the 2024 NFL Draft.

The following season was Mitchell’s true sophomore season, but it was a disappointing one. He suffered a high ankle sprain early in the season which either held him fully out or significantly limited him in the games he did play. The following season he looked for a fresh start and made his way to Texas. He hit receiving career highs across the board as he played alongside Xavier Worthy. His 2023 season was good enough for Second-Team All-Big-12 Honors as he decided to declare for the 2024 NFL Draft as a true junior.

Scouting Report

Positives

Mitchell has great length as he is listed at 6’4” and 196 lbs. But he also knows how to use that length as he has incredible extension that he can utilize to expand his catch radius. He catches with natural hands away from his body and was super reliable this season as he was credited with just 1 drop and a low 1.8% drop rate. Building on his impressive ball skills is his body control at the catch point. He put multiple acrobatic catches on display. Pair that ability with his extension and reliable hands and you have a quarterback’s best friend.

He proved to already be a very developed deep threat which is evident by his 16-yard aDOT in his final year in college. He showed great ball tracking and nuanced ability to stack DBs on deep routes to gain separation. Additionally, he flashed explosive ability at the stems of his route to create massive amounts of separation. On top of all of that, Mitchell is an excellent blocker for his teammates.

Negatives

While Mitchell showed flashes of good route running, overall it was still lacking. On deeper routes is where he excelled, but otherwise, there needed to be more consistency. Additionally, it would’ve been nice to see more utilization of leverage with his routes, especially at his size and crisper breaks. The leverage issue might be part of the reason that he tended to struggle with physical DBs within his route and at the line of scrimmage. This brings up questions of how he’ll fare when he faces press coverage at the line of scrimmage more often at the next level.

Additionally, Mitchell provides next to zero yards after the catch ability. He consistently goes down at first contact and rarely makes defenders miss in the open field. The only yards after the catch Mitchell can provide is if he has wide-open green grass in front of him. While he showed good ball skills, he didn’t have a lot of contested catch opportunities to display his ability. But with his ball skills and extension, one can be fairly confident in his ability to at least be sufficient in this area with more opportunity.

Pre Draft Analysis

Expected Draft Capital- Round 4

Landing Spots

Mitchell is a tough evaluation because he’s extremely good at the things he does well but is significantly lacking in the areas he isn’t as strong. Analytically, he struggles across the board, but when watching the film there are things to like. The Chiefs were my original pick but the addition of Hollywood Brown dampens the need a bit. Instead, there is a lot of talke about the Bengals moving on from Tee Higgins. And while not an upgrade by any means, Adonai Mitchell could serve as a great WR2 in the Bengals’ offense.

The Bills are another team that is on the cusp of needing wide receiver help with the departure of Gabe Davis and the aging of Stefon Diggs. While Mitchell isn’t likely to be a 1 right off the bat, there is potential there, but in the meantime, he could work alongside Diggs and newcomer Curtis Samuelnext season.

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