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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Safety Mike Mitchell Signs

Safety Mike Mitchell, last of the Raiders, has signed with Carolina.

The 6', 213 lb Kentucky native went to Ohio University, starting 30 games (23 strong safety, 7 free safety). A second round (47th overall) draft pick by Oakland, Mitchell wasn't invited to the combine, and was viewed as a size/speed prospect after running a 4.39 at his pro day (along with good numbers in the vertical - 37.5", bench - 22 x 225).   His selection at 47 was a major surprise, with some teams and pundits having Mitchell as a late round, free agent type selection.  However, the Chicago Tribune suggested that the Bears had shown interest at 49, and there's suggestions other teams had him as a third rounder.

Mitchell started 9 games as a pro, playing behind standout Tyvon Branch.
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