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
08/27/15 - 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.
11/11/14 - DT Earl Mitchell (abdomen) blocked a 42-yard FG attempt in Sunday's Detroit game. DE Dion Jordan returned it 55 yards. The Dolphins have now blocked two punts and a field goal. And Mitchell continues to be a consistent addition to the DL.
11/03/14 - DT Earl Mitchell, the former Houston Texan who has proved to be a strong free agent signing, had his first sack of the season against San Diego.
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.