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Adonai Mitchell Falls to the Indianapolis Colts on Day 2

Adonai Mitchell
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On night two of the NFL Draft, the night kept getting longer for a wide receiver from the University of Texas. It wasn't until the Indianapolis Colts picked in the second round, with the No. 52 overall pick that star Longhorn wide receiver Adonai Mitchell became an NFL player. Standing at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, he ran a 4.34-second 40-yard dash with the ability to track the deep ball well.

Adonai Mitchell Is Just Getting Started

Mitchell just finished his junior season at Texas but played the previous two seasons for the Georgia Bulldogs. He entered the transfer portal after his sophomore season and took his talents to Austin. In his freshman season, he burst on the scene catching 29 passes for 426 yards and 4 touchdowns. In the College Football Playoff in 2021 he caught a touchdown pass in both the playoff semifinal and the championship game, helping Georgia win its first national championship since 1980.

Adonai Mitchell 40 yard at the combine
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Although his 2022 season was hindered due to an ankle injury, Mitchell would return in time for the playoffs and help lead Georgia to back-to-back national championships.

He eventually would transfer back to his home state of Texas with 2-year-old daughter in mind, to be closer to family.

Now closer to family, Mitchell would join fellow Longhorn wideout Xavier Worthy and lead the team to a 12-2 record and another visit to the CFP. They would lose to Washington 37-31, but Mitchell would find the endzone again. He totaled 55 receptions for 845 yds and a team leading 11 touchdowns.

Mitchell's Strengths

Speed and size are traits that can't be taught. Mitchell flashes the foot quickness needed to beat the talented press coverage he will see at the NFL level. Has the strength to stand his ground and leave room along the sidelines for his feet to land inbounds. Has a ridiculous wingspan to haul in passes from all directions and he is a patient long-ball tracker with the ability to break tackles and create a lot of yards after the catch.

Mitchell's Weaknesses

The biggest weakness is his intensity. It can fluctuate from game to game. He allows smaller players into his space to contest catches. He needs to use his body and to play with aggression. Mitchell also needs to work on his route running and effort. Some veteran WR leadership in the NFL could really help his game.

Fit With the Colts

Mitchell will walk into a crowded and young wide receiver room in Indianapolis. Mitchell has been compared to a George Pickens-style receiver. Michael Pittman Jr. is the clear No. 1 in Indy, but there is room for Mitchell to battle Downs and Alec Pierce for playing time. With a young quarterback in Anthony Richardson returning from injury, and some veteran leadership like Joe Flacco, this could be a perfect fit for a player like Mitchell to learn and grow into a star player.


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