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
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.
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.