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Raiders get second coming of Lott-Tatum

Tom Cable said he didn’t want to put too much pressure on second-round draft pick Mike Mitchell, but then went ahead and did it anyway, comparing his hitting ability to Ronnie Lott and Jack Tatum.

So the Raiders got a wide receiver who is the next Randy Moss, and a safety to be compared with with two of the most fearsome hitters of all time.

And of course, the Raiders got exactly who they wanted.

In this case, there is no reason to doubt them.

Mitchell, until a few weeks ago, was so obscure he doesn’t have a bio listed on the NFL Draft Tracker on NFL.com or on the extensive list by compiled by Sportsxchange. The Sportsxchange lists 30 prospects at free safety and 32 at strong safety, and Mitchell’s name is not listed. There are 728 prospect in all, and Mitchel lis not listed.

Mel Kiper Jr.’s pre-draft book lists him as the 40th-ranked safety.

The Raiders didn’t even have a biography to pass out before Cable met with the press.

But Mitchell, as Cable indicated, did pick up steam. He visited 15 teams, and the Chicago Bears were believed to be particularly interested.

At his Pro Day workout, Mitchell was 6-foot, 221 pounds, ran a 4.43 40-yard dash, had 21 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press and had a 37.5 inch vertical leap.

“A very, very physical guy,” Cable said. And it just so happens he can fly. Another good pick for us.”

A conference call with Mitchell is to follow.

Here is video of some of Mitchell’s big hits.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • yoscottyb

    Idiotic to draft this guy here, no one else was going to take him for many rounds because he’s a totally unproven workout warrior. I suppose he excelled against some teams that De La Salle could have beaten, but why not take a left tackle or a defensive tackle here or an OLB?

    Al has no concept of value. He would probably have taken Reynaldo Neamiah with the first overall pick.

    The Raiders won’t be good again until Al’s dead.

  • yoscottyb

    …really, this draft is disturbing. Al’s clearly senile and probably wearing diapers. No doubt someone is having to wipe the drool from his mouth. Just embarassing. NO WAY I’ll be buying any more single game tickets, much less season tickets. We’re a laughingstock, and rightfully so.

  • RAIDER915

    THIS WAS A DISGRACE IN OUR DRAFT, MUCH WORSE THAN ART SHELL PICKING SAFETY HUFF, DAVIS WENT OUT AND CALLED OUT ART SHELL AND SAID SHELL SET DAVIS BACK 3 YEARS, WELL MR. OLD FUC! YOU SET US BACK 10 YEARS WITH WHAT YOU DID TODAY, IS EVERYBODY IN THE ORGANIZATION FUC@ING BLIND? CAN ANYBODY TELL THAT OLD PIECE OF SHI! WHAT HE IS DOING, LET ME GUESS, HE IS GOING TO FIRE CABLE THIS YEAR AND BLAME CABLE FOR THE PICKS, AND CABLE HAS THE BALLZ TO SAY THAT THE SAFETY IS COMPARED TO LOTT AND TATUM….

  • naparaider

    Why do the Raiders even participate in the draft? They’re the laughing stock of the NFL and rightfully so. When do the NFL teams start competing in Track and Field? That’s when we’ll start to shine. What a joke. Hello, get some football players like the other teams in your division so you can compete with them. I have no idea why I keep hoping they’ll finally get a clue. It’s so disgusting……..

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