Post-Draft Outlook:COULD SURPRISE: Earl Mitchell: The Houston native impressed the coaches when he ran the 40 in 4.76 seconds at the combine. He's 6-3, 296. Ideally, he'll develop fast enough to play inside in passing situations next to Antonio Smith, with Mario Williams and Connor Barwin at end.
A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 3/81 -- Earl Mitchell, DT, 6-3, 296, Arizona, When he ran 4.76 at the combine, they figured he'd be ideal for what they want. A quick tackle who can get off the ball and put pressure on the quarterback. He should be a situational pass rusher. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Earl Mitchell News
11/15/14 - DT Earl Mitchell had his second sack of the season vs. Buffalo. Mitchell, mainly a run stuffer, has been getting better at the pass rush.
11/11/14 - DT Earl Mitchell (abdomen) blocked a 42-yard FG attempt in Sunday's Detroit game. DE Dion Jordan returned it 55 yards. The Dolphins have now blocked two punts and a field goal. And Mitchell continues to be a consistent addition to the DL.
11/03/14 - DT Earl Mitchell, the former Houston Texan who has proved to be a strong free agent signing, had his first sack of the season against San Diego.
09/03/14 - DT Earl Mitchell will be watched closely vs. New England to see if he can match the run-stuffing ability of Paul Soliai, who he's replacing.
08/26/14 - DT Earl Mitchell is drawing rave reviews from practices and preseason games. Mitchell has excelled as the third defensive tackle along with Randy Starks and Jared Odrick. He's a sure tackler and takes up lots of space.