The Minnesota Vikings selected Dillon Mitchell in the seventh round, 239th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Here is what the Vikings are getting with the ProDuck and how Mitchell fits the team’s needs.
TEAM NEEDS Minnesota needed to address skill positions in this draft: Tight end Kyle Rudolph is in the last year of his contract, running back Latavius Murray left for the Saints, and there is a vacancy for a No. 3 wide receiver. Mitchell’s ability as a ball carrier, excellent route running, efficient footwork and yards after catch potential make him an enticing weapon for NFL offenses. His four-year contract is projected to be worth $2,600,316 with a $80,316 signing bonus, according to OverTheCap.com.
YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW THAT In high school, Mitchell was an excellent basketball player and mentored by former Memphis and NBA star Penny Hardaway but ultimately chose the gridiron.
AT OREGON Mitchell is coming off of one of the best seasons a Duck has ever had. He finished 2018 with a program single-season record 1,184 yards receiving, which led the Pac-12 Conference. Impressively, 49 of his 75 receptions resulted in a first down, the highest total in the Pac-12. After shattering expectations in his junior year, Mitchell chose to forgo his senior season take his talents to the NFL.
PRAISED FOR his versatility: Mitchell can play outside, in the slot, or both. His downfield speed serves as both a scorcher on offense and as a potential force in the return game. Mitchell periodically handled return duties, with a long return of 45 yards on a punt return during his rookie season.
STRENGTHS Mitchell showcased his speed in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, timing in at 4.46 seconds, the 14th fastest out of 47 receivers who ran. At Oregon’s pro day he recorded a 6.93 second three-cone drill, which would be sixth among 29 wide receivers who ran at the NFL Combine.
NEEDS TO WORK ON ball-tracking is a main concern. His height checks the box but, like most athletes who turn pro, Mitchell will need to hit the weight room to add some weight and continue to improve his route running and blocking.
FUN FACT Mitchell refers to his dad is a “top-tier Raiders fan” with a decadent man cave who is considering moving to Las Vegas.
QUOTE “I’m eager to make a team and prove that I belong in the NFL.” Mitchell told Bri Amaranthus.
BEST SOCIAL POST An epic caption with a Space Jam reference on a touchdown photo. https://www.instagram.com/p/BrB519zhgmx/
Plus, this tweet, which Mitchell said was in reference to his hunger and determination to be one of the best receivers in the NFL.
The whole world is going to eat their words.— MITCH 🦈 (@DMFM1_) April 13, 2019
MEASUREABLES 6' 1", 200 LBS, 31 1/2” ARMS, 9” HANDS
HOMETOWN Memphis, TN
NFL Comparison T.J. Jones
AT OREGON’S SPRING GAME