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Pick #243: Redskins Select Marko Mitchell, WR From Nevada

Posted by Matt Terl on April 26, 2009 – 6:55 pm

With their final pick, the Redskins select ENORMOUS wide receiver Marko Mitchell, out of Nevada. At 6’4″, 218 pounds, NFL.com calls him “one of the country’s most feared big play threats,” and you can see why in his highlight reel.

Wide receiver may not have been considered a need position heading into the draft, but I like the potential here a whole lot. And, hey, with Javale McGee showing some flashes with the Wizards, this marks two big guys from Nevada joining DC teams in the last year or so. For whatever that’s worth.

Here’s the analysis from NFL.com:

Positives: Rare height and arm length for the position. Good straight-line speed to challenge deep. Can track the ball over either shoulder and shows good body control and field awareness to keep his feet in bounds. Soft hands to pluck the ball out of the air and can make the reception outside of his frame. Alert receiver who will work his way back when the quarterback is under pressure. Good leaping ability. Shows a bit of vision and elusiveness as a runner after the catch and has the long strides to pull away from smaller defenders. Uses his size and length to effectively run block against small corners.

Negatives: Much of his production is due to this offense. Good, not great, straight-line speed. Will be caught from behind by NFL corners. Long-strider who has to build up to it. Lacks the short burst quickness to consistently gain separation against elite cover corners. Sinewy frame that may not withstand NFL punishment. Ball security may be an issue considering his lack of upper body strength. Isn’t the dominant red-zone target his size indicates, due to marginal toughness and physicality in going up for the ball in traffic. Allows too many passes to get into his pads, resulting in some drops.

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