Drafted: ROUND: 4 - Pick Number: 111 (NYJ)
Draft Profile: BioMax Mitchell was unranked and pretty much overlooked by all the major scouting services and as a result, offers of scholarships were limited. He however eventually received a chance from the Cajuns and jumped at it.
After playing in limited action as a freshman Mitchell was handed a chance a start as a sophomore in 2019. He started all 14 games and surrendered just 2 sacks and 15 total pressures while playing on 807 snaps.
Mitchell started in all 10 of his appearances during the 2020 season, playing at both tackle positions - and in doing so earned Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference honors. His numbers were impressive while playing on 636 snaps -- he allowed zero sacks and gave up only a single pressure, he however was flagged for 3 holding penalties.
In 2021 as a senior Mitchell started 14 games and played 879 total snaps at right tackle, he surrendered 3 sacks and 13 total pressures, and zero holding penalties. He was selected as an Associated Press All American, a 1st Team Pro Football Focus All American, and Walter Camp also honored Mitchell as an All-American (2nd team).
Scouting Report: Strengths
- He has an NFL frame at 6'6" 300 pounds, with verified 34-inch arms, is supremly athletic and moves like a tight end
- Was ranked by PFF one of the top run blockers in the entire 2021 class
- Excellent when playing in space or on an island due to his football IQ, quickness, and overall body control
- Has fluid body control with loose hips. Physical and tough with elite effort in the run game. Plays with a finishing attitude with an aggressive, nasty temperament.
- Mitchell has good athletic ability with the foot quickness to move laterally against wide rush angles/li>
- Quick setting up after the snap and slides well to the outside, staying patient and balanced off the snap.
- Explodes off the snap in the run game to close space and locks on defenders in a flash. Excellent cutting off the backside on zone runs
- Rarely gets beaten by speed rushers as a pass blocker - he's got exceptional hand, foot movement, and overall technique
- Mitchell is a super hard worker who plays 100 percent all the time - he also always finishes blocks off
- Has a great knee bend which allows him to impressively move in a zone-blocking scheme
- Nimble feet to get inside of defensive tackles to wall off inside and reach linebackers at the second level.
- Really good overall length - with excellent arms that he effectively uses as both a run and pass blocker
- A smooth mover and covers a lot of ground, working hard to mirror rushers; agile and keeps his feet moving.
- Has excellent balance which shows up as both a pass blocker and a run blocker
- Fundamentally sound and understands blocking angles, using body positioning to his advantage. Disciplined awareness and good intelligence.
- Very versatile - while he has played mainly as a right tackle he would probably be even more suited to left tackle in the pros
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Gets pushed back by bigger rushers at the point of attack in the passing game
- His performance in the pros will be determined by his ability to improve upper-body strength to block ushers using power moves
- His high pads and narrow feet lead to being a suspect anchor
- Is a little light in the but and doesn't have the build to be a dominant stopping bull rushes and anchoring
- Not physically imposing and has average overall strength. Has a lean frame and needs to add more strength to his game to be able to dominate the point of attack
- Average upper-body strength. Lacks the sand in his pants to withstand bull rushers in the NFL.
- Johnson (6-6, 307) had a 5.32 in the 40 and 8.09 in the three-cone drill, numbers that were worse than expected. He opted not to do the bench press
Scouting Report: SummaryMax Mitchell is a quality NFL prospect who has a fantastic skillset but also (at least currently) a substantial limitation. He has elite quickness, foot speed, well-developed quick hands, and has the technique you expect to see in a ten-year NFL veteran. He however is very lean and really needs to add 20lbs around his core to become a factor as a power run blocker and consistently handle bigger NFL rushers. This was demonstrated at the combine where his lack of overall athletic ability was highlighted.
We see Mitchell as an ideal fit in a run-heavy zone-blocking scheme (49ers?) where his lack of ideal strength could be hidden and his exceptional quickness and talent as both a pass and run blocker could be fully utilized. We consider Mitchell to be a probable third-round prospect in the 2022 NFL Draft who could be taken higher if a font office falls in love with his very interesting skill set.
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