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
12/26/13 - --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.
11/12/12 - NT Earl Mitchell filled in for injured starting NT Shaun Cody (ribs) against Chicago and led the defensive linemen with four tackles, including three unassisted. Cody and Mitchell usually rotate, with each player getting equal playing time.
11/01/12 - NT Earl Mitchell (ankle) was limited in practice but will play against the Bills.