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
10/08/15 - DT Earl Mitchell (back) didn't practice Wednesday. Mitchell has been battling the back problem for two weeks but didn't seem to have his play affected last week against the New York Jets.
09/30/15 - DT Earl Mitchell (back) was limited Wednesday. If Mitchell is slowed in Sunday's game against the Jets, it would be a big blow to the already underperforming defensive line.
09/24/15 - DT Earl Mitchell (back) missed practice Thursday due to a new injury. Mitchell has only missed one game in his five-year career.
08/27/15 - T Earl Mitchell is among the players concerned about Tropical Storm Erika, which could bring heavy rain to South Florida early next week, or, worse, turn into a hurricane and bring lots more trouble. Mitchell hasn't been through a hurricane even though he grew up in the Houston area and played for the Texans for four seasons.
The Dolphins are prepared, however. Head coach Joe Philbin said they've discussed the possibility of leaving town so they can prepare for the preseason finale against Tampa Bay uninterrupted.
11/15/14 - DT Earl Mitchell had his second sack of the season vs. Buffalo. Mitchell, mainly a run stuffer, has been getting better at the pass rush.