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
08/26/14 - 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.
04/01/14 - DT Earl Mitchell was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Dolphins from the Texans March 13.
12/26/13 - --NT Earl Mitchell, who's in the last year of his contract, continues to lead NFL nose tackles in three statistics - 45 tackles, 28 unassisted and 17 assisted.
11/20/13 - NT Earl Mitchell, who's in the last year of his contract, continues to play well, according to the coaches. Mitchell is quick and strong and fits well in Wade Phillips' 3-4 scheme. Expect him to re-sign with the Texans.
12/31/12 - NT Earl Mitchell rotates with starter Shaun Cody and has played very well. This is the last year of Cody's contract. He'll be 32. Mitchell will be in his fourth year. He's shown steady improvement and has made plays on the nose and at end when he rotates there. His versatility makes him more valuable.