Michael Mitchell is a safety for the Oakland Raiders, who selected him 47th overall in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Mitchell was a surprise pick in the second round, having not been invited to the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine. Mitchell, who played college football at Ohio University, is listed at 6-feet, 1-inch tall and 216 pounds.
Prep Career
Mitchell was a three-year letterwinner at Highlands High School in Ft. Thomas, KY. As a senior, he recorded 87 total tackles to help lead his team to a state title. He earned honorable mention all-state honors in 2004.
College Career
After playing nine games as a true freshman in 2005, Mitchell became a starter for the Bobcats midway through the 2006 season. Mitchell's best season came as a junior, when he recorded a career-high 74 tackles and two interceptions. As a senior, he played in 11 games, recording 62 total tackles and three interceptions. Mitchell was not invited to the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine, but caught the eye of scouts when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds at Ohio's 2009 Pro Day.
NFL Career
Mitchell was projected to be a late second-day pick or undrafted free agent in the 2009 NFL Draft, but the Raiders selected him with the 47th overall pick (2nd round). Mitchell was the first non-combine invitee selected in the 2nd round or higher since the Eagles drafted Matt McCoy 63rd overall in 2005. Before the 2009 season, Mitchell signed a four-year/$3.35M contract with Oakland.