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
08/18/16 - DT Earl Mitchell, who has missed the last two weeks with a calf injury, isn't likely to play Friday at Dallas, meaning the probable starting defensive line won't be intact. Mitchell, a starter last season, overtook second-year DT Jordan Phillips for the starting job early in camp after Phillips emerged from minicamp as the starter.
08/11/16 - DT Earl Mitchell (calf) is unlikely to play in Friday's preseason opener, meaning DT Jordan Phillips, the 2015 second-round pick who has been disappointing, will likely get the start.
08/09/16 - DT Earl Mitchell (calf) missed his third consecutive practice Tuesday. Mitchell is listed as the starter ahead of Jordan Phillips, last year's second-round pick from Oklahoma. Phillips hasn't yet established himself in camp after creeping up on Mitchell during OTAs and minicamp.
12/30/15 - DT Earl Mitchell (calf) didn't practice Wednesday and isn't likely to play Sunday, according to interim coach Dan Campbell. Mitchell has missed the last two games. Rookie Jordan Phillips would likely start for Mitchell.
12/25/15 - DT Earl Mitchell (calf) didn't practice Thursday and appears doubtful for Sunday.