Keaton Mitchell - RB - East Carolina
Welcome to the rookie profile for Keaton Mitchell. Mitchell is part of that scat-back type player with his size and speed. Has the ability to be used as a gadget-type player out of the backfield.
Height: 5′ 8″
Weight: 179 lbs
40-yard dash: 4.37
3-cone drill: DNP
20-yard shuttle: DNP
Vertical Jump: 38″
Broad Jump: 10′-6
Bench Press: DNP
Mitchell was a 3-star recruit, joining East Carolina. In his freshman year he played in 9 games, with 88 rush attempts and 11 receptions- getting into the endzone 3 times. That season would be his worst in college, with over 1,000 yards on the ground in his next two seasons. He also really stepped up as a receiver, with 22 receptions in 2021 and 27 receptions in 2022. Mitchell really showcased his ability to step up and dominate a game, with 15 TDs in his 2022 season.
Mitchell is an absolute live-wire with the ball. Has the right size and ability to make defenders miss with his moves and agility in the open field. When a gap does present itself, he has great burst and speed to get through it and make big plays. Generally is able to get his body in a position to go forward when tackled. Runs effective routes, and has good hands, making him a good receiving option.
The obvious negative is his size. That shows in his blocking ability, where he can struggle against larger pass defenders. Can, at times, anticipate contact and give himself up rather than fighting and getting the extra yard.
Pre Draft Analysis
Expected Draft Capital- Round 5/ 6
With question marks over his size, Mitchell is likely to end up going in the later rounds of the draft. Especially with how teams have typically valued the RB position. Works at his best in space, or where gaps can be created by his offensive line. Likely to be used effectively in a committee backfield, his size is going to limit him from having too much of a workload. In the right landing spot, he will have flex value. Outside of that he has limited value.
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