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
02/16/17 - DT Earl Mitchell is expected to be released, the Miami Herald reported. Mitchell, 29, finished with 17 tackles during an injury-ravaged campaign in 2016. He is scheduled to make $4 million this year.
11/30/16 - DT Earl Mitchell (back) didn't practice Wednesday but it seems he will play Sunday against Baltimore. Mitchell battled a calf injury earlier this season that put him on the disabled list.
11/14/16 - DT Earl Mitchell (calf) was activated from injured reserve, and he finished with four tackles Sunday, two of them for losses.
11/14/16 - DT Earl Mitchell, activated from the injured reserve, was a key member of the stout run defense against San Diego. Mitchell had four tackles, two for losses, and was basically a brick wall against one of the NFL's top RBs.
11/09/16 - DT Earl Mitchell (calf), who is technically still on the injured reserve list, seems set to make his season debut Sunday at Sam Diego. Mitchell should help the run defense by both performance and presence, the latter giving a break to fellow tackles Ndamukong Suh and Jordan Phillips.