Draft Profile: BioTeradja Mitchell from Catholic High School was rated a 4 star recruit by ESPN and handed a 4 star grade by 247 Sports. Following high school, Mitchell opted to join Ohio State.
In 2018 as a freshman Mitchell saw action in 3 games and played on a total of 4 snaps for the Buckeyes. He recorded no tackles, no assists, while adding no stops.
As a sophomore for the Buckeyes in 2019 Mitchell played in 8 games and took part on 99 snaps for the Buckeyes. He recorded 10 tackles, 3 assists, while adding 6 stops. In coverage Mitchell made no pass break ups, no interceptions, and a QB rating when targetted of 85.0.
In 2020 as a junior Mitchell played in 8 games and contributed on 95 snaps. He recorded 7 tackles, one assist, while making 4 stops.
In 2021 as a senior Mitchell logged playing time in 10 games and logged a total of 354 snaps for the Buckeyes. He also added 23 tackles, 16 assists, and 13 stops. While in coverage Mitchell made one pass break up, no interceptions, and a QB rating when targetted of 108.5. As a pass rusher, he tallied 4 total pressures, which included 4 QB hurries, no QB hits, and no sacks on the season.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Good closing speed with long arms to drag down quarterbacks and running backs.
- Has enough hustle and athleticism to make plays in the flat against running backs. Lacks height but has the vertical and timing to knock away passes when approaching the quarterback.
- Work in progress as a pass rusher, with upfield burst and flexibility to dip and scrape.
- Shows a burst to close. Flashes explosive hitting ability and good lateral and downfield pursuit.
- Ferocious against the run and very good in coverage, is extremely versatile. Despite his build, he holds up well in traffic and makes a lot of plays by engaging a block, shedding, and pursuing.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Hits up high and misses more tackles than he should.
- Inconsistent hustle. Only adequate change-of-direction ability. Also loses his balance too often in the open field. Lacks size to bull rush stronger tackles.
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