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
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.
12/23/15 - DT Earl Mitchell (calf) didn't practice Wednesday, meaning he could miss his third game in four weeks.
12/17/15 - DT Earl Mitchell (calf) didn't practice Thursday. Interim coach Dan Campbell said earlier in the week it was unlikely Mitchell would play this week at San Diego.
12/16/15 - DT Earl Mitchell (calf) didn't practice Wednesday and coach Dan Campbell said it's unlikely he will play this week against San Diego. That could mean rookie Jordan Phillips gets the start.