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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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  • McFadden20

    1st

  • CRACKRAIDER

    OH YEA JUST WIN BABY!!!!!!

  • kpholmes

    Ugh…

  • Icon

    this guys video on youtube is amazing. He just needs to wrap up more when he tackles and its all good. To everyone who just said Mitchell was fast is gravely mistaken. That includes you mike mayock.

  • rhyslucas

    WHAT A JOKE THIS FRANCHISE HAS BECOME!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Icon

    i meant to everyone who said mitchell is just a fast person is gravely mistaken.

  • SnB Defense

    Icon Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 6:36 pm
    this guys video on youtube is amazing. He just needs to wrap up more when he tackles and its all good. To everyone who just said Mitchell was fast is gravely mistaken. That includes you mike mayock.
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    I look good on youtube. Put some sinister bass line and show all my good plays….

  • RaiderDuck

    While drafting him this high was a big reach, the last good *young* safety Oakland had was…..Vann MacElroy? Eddie Anderson? It’s been a while.

  • McFadden20

    Is anyone else concerned that this guy pulled up during his second try at the 40 at his pro day, he’s fast yes, but at what cost?

  • PaleRaider

    Must say,
    more impressed with his highlight reel than M. Huff’s, any day. If he pans out here, who is gonna look back and give two sh!ts that he was drafted a round early?

  • PaleRaider

    We drafted Q Moses right about where everyone else had him, and where’s he at, that’s right, asking if you want to “supersize” that.

  • RaiderfanNY

    Al Davis has humiliated himself once again. The analysts don’t even know what to say about his picks. Why take proven college players — guys who make plays and score touchdowns — when you can take guys who are big and fast? It’s like he’s running a damn modeling agency.

    And Cable, who has started to come across as a stable guy, is making a fool out of himself by pumping up these guys. Mike Mitchell like Ronnie Lott? Get a grip on yourself.

    How can they pass up Monroe and Raji and Crabtree to take Heyward-Bey? I watched Maryland plenty of times and the guy did nothing to stand out. I suppose that’s because they run a “pro style” offense and not the spread?

    Say hello to 4-12 again, Raider fans. We’re sunk.

  • The Snake

    Jeez!!!! Guys don’t be such a bunch of gloomy Gus’s. Let’s get behind these guys, we can’t trust the experts. Who are those poo heads anyway?.

    Maybe we can all get together open up a lemonade stand to keep the franchise afloat when the stadium is half full and the games aren’t televised.

  • DKnight007

    # DKnight007 Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    # SnB Defense Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    They better cut/trade Michael Huff…straight up

    Because of his bust status…we had to pass on Haloti Ngata AND Ron Brace AND Jarron Gilbert AND Rey Mauluaga

    And we did pass on REy…a simple trade up could have netted a top 10 talent

    My anger is directed at Davis’ strategy…Trade down from number to number 13 or 14 and get a 5th rounder or something…geez..save the money and sign a free agent or two

    I hope for all the best from DHB and Mitchell and they look like exciting adds.

    ^^^^^
    the draft strategy is terrible at best….coula have traded down and still got DHB and saved money and should have taken Jarron Gilbert in round 2 and still could have got Mitchell in Round 3….at the very least!

    Frustrating and annoying beyond belief but what else can we expect from the crazy old man??

  • Florida Pete

    “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.”

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    and now Mitchell is 6’4″, 243 pounds, runs a 3.87 40 yard dash, 43 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press and can fly… really, he can FLY…

  • SnB Defense

    I wish all the best to these young men. They are Raiders now so get to work.

    Unfortunately, I am in a “show me” state.

    On the good side, I thought the team was good enough to win 7 or 8 games before the draft. So if these guys bust out…it won’t be a big deal..if just a missed opportunity

    Al Davis needs to let someone else do the draft..Where’s that damn GM?

  • PaleRaider

    Are we reduced to saying “pooheads”, really?

  • DarthPirate

    He’s going to be really good for us, I have full confidence in that. I do agree that we reached though. Reaching is fine, as long as the guy turns out to be as good as I think he can be.

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    the draft strategy is terrible at best….coula have traded down and still got DHB and saved money and should have taken Jarron Gilbert in round 2 and still could have got Mitchell in Round 3….at the very least!
    —————————
    As ALWAYS, you have to have some one willing to trade!

  • Voldemort

    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.

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    This is as far as I got in this new article by Jerry before I lost it and started cracking up. This is typical BS written by Al Davis, (or whoever writes Al Davis’s speaches) I will have to finish reading the article, but thus far, it seems as though this is dripping with sarcasm, and it sounds like Jerry is as skepticle, if not doubtful, as I am.

  • RaiderDuck

    Incidentally, here’s an article about Mitchell from a few days back. Interesting read:

    http://ind.scout.com/a.z?s=113&p=2&c=859415

  • Florida Pete

    nobody we have picked so far is gonna help us stop the run…

    Brinkley !!! we need Brinkley !!!

  • DKnight007

    I thought Cable had what it took to stand up to the crazy old man…..guess not and it’s sad….

  • kris

    it is what it is…. commitment to ????

  • SnB Defense

    I am out

    Florida Pete….there will be no Brinkley..

    lets be real

  • Florida Pete

    the twilight zone ???

  • DarthPirate

    If they bust, the downside is that we spent a lot of money. I think that the two guys we drafted will be able to prove themselves worthy.
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    # SnB Defense Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    I wish all the best to these young men. They are Raiders now so get to work.

    Unfortunately, I am in a “show me” state.

    On the good side, I thought the team was good enough to win 7 or 8 games before the draft. So if these guys bust out…it won’t be a big deal..if just a missed opportunity

    Al Davis needs to let someone else do the draft..Where’s that damn GM?

  • ctraidersfan

    This draft is just like any other draft, shoot the dice and see what comes up. The only certainty in the draft is there is no certainty. 3/4 of these draft will last 2-3 years and be has beens and no ones. The other 1/4 will be the stars. Everyone on here is so down on these picks and where they were picked at. You don’t and I certainly don’t know how these picks will pan out. Just cheer them on and hope that Al is right. Besides it is his team and always will be his team.

  • Florida Pete

    SnB Defense Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 6:51 pm
    I am out

    Florida Pete….there will be no Brinkley..

    lets be real

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    i know.

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    Gee you think the Donkey’s will keep Lamont Jordan now?

  • raiderdre

    MJ and Gilbert are still out there! Well will see tomorrow!

  • dunkingonuts

    Remember when Davis reached for Nnamdi Asomugha and Mel Kiper critized him for it?

    This Michael Mitchell reminds me of Steve Atwater he doesn’t tackle people he lays them out…. You guys need to stop predicting how these guys will work out before they even step on the field.

  • PaleRaider

    That is pretty strange Cable didn’t even have a Bio to pass out on a 2nd round pick. Maybe he’ll just pass out hall of famer bios as references instead.

  • 15yearsold15yearfan

    im mad how do you pass 47 td for a 4.3 40

  • RaiderfanNY

    I left one thing out of my earlier diatribe. Knowshon Moreno is a great back and will kill us for years.

    Too bad we didn’t need Raji. Make the great Mike Mitchell can play DT.

  • HayesDaze37

    Repost:

    Tommy Trojan25 Says:
    Based on where these players were drafted they are busts if they are not Pro Bowl quality players.

    ————–

    C’mon, Tommy! You’re the alleged scouting guy in here. Of all people YOU would know that ANY player taken in the first two rounds is a bust if he doesn’t make it to the Pro Bowl. Do some of your scpout stuff, then come back with a legitimate complaint about these guys.

    BTW, TT — Just WHAT makes a player the “best” player to pick on draft day? First rounders only survive in the NFL at about a 60% rate — do you have the secret that gives your picks a higher percentage to succeed? A secret all the real scouts need to learn from you?

    Give these picks a chance — it’s not costing anybody (but Al) anything

  • alisgod

    “They’ve told me that they really like the leadership and emotion I bring to the game,” he said. “I hope this doesn’t come off the wrong way, but I truly believe there isn’t another player that brings it like I bring it, every play, every practice, every game.”

    —————–

    I guarantee you he is going to be one of the best safeties in the league and we will look at this pick as the one that put fear back in our defense. We got corners that can cover and now we are going to lay the wood!!!

    Can’t wait to see you doubters cheer for him when he lays out Marshall and Gates.

  • Tommy Trojan25

    I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m not bashing DHB or Mitchell by calling them reaches, I’m bashing Al Davis.

    We got good players, but we got terrible value.

  • Tomycar

    LMAO.. i remember when everyone scoffed and cursed Davis when he drafted Nnamdi.. everyone said “WHO” LOL how did that pick work out

  • priesttj

    TT25, have you scouted Mitchell?

  • DarthPirate

    That’s a fair assessment. Unless the Raiders can get these guys to take less money based on the fact that if it were not for us, they would have fallen much further.
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    # Tommy Trojan25 Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m not bashing DHB or Mitchell by calling them reaches, I’m bashing Al Davis.

    We got good players, but we got terrible value.

  • Tomycar

    Tommy Trojan25 Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 7:00 pm
    I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m not bashing DHB or Mitchell by calling them reaches, I’m bashing Al Davis.

    We got good players, but we got terrible value
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    i really dont care where they were drafted.. if they both pan out as Nnamdi did.. i dont think anyone would care where they were drafted..

  • 15yearsold15yearfan

    i dont care about how nnamdi turned out those were dumb picks you dont choose the fastest 40 over the best receiver

  • HayesDaze37

    RFNY — I fear you’re right about Knowshon…he was compared to Gayle Sayers earlier today. Methinks he looks a lot like Marcus Allen, the way he moves in (and over) traffic. It will be fun facing him every year with our (yet to become) new and improved D. Hopefully, we won’t let him become the next L.T. of the AFC West.

  • Voldemort

    OK, I just watched the youtube video on Mike Mitchell, (because I just found out that he existed), but I have to say that the comparison to Jack and Ronnie is not as far out of the realm of reality as you may initially think. Dude can put people down! But, Mel said he would have been available in the 5th, and while part of that statment might be typical hating on the Raiders, part of it is true too. He may not last until the 5h, but we could have got him with one of our multiple 4th rounders for sure. I think the time the Rams jumped us for Orlando Pace has forever haunted us.

  • PaleRaider

    Can’t be much worse than Fredrickson, Harris, Moses, Bing, Gibson, Bates, Stinchcomb, Brayton, Collins, Buchanon, Huff, and many, many more. I think all of those were considered “good values” at the positions they were picked at the time, yet produced nil or next to nil.

  • rhyslucas

    From Sporting News…

    Mitchell has been a steady force at safety for Ohio, but he must play close to the line to be effective. His problems in coverage will prevent him from ever getting regular playing time in the NFL; he struggles to stay with anyone, showing stiff hips, and rarely makes plays on the ball. His lack of size also hurts him against bigger, stronger athletes. Mitchell projects as a free-agent pickup for a team in need of a backup who contributes in short-yardage run support situations and on special teams.

  • 15yearsold15yearfan

    al has made me depressed i cant believe i was actually looking forward to this

  • Voldemort

    Ever since the time we were jumped by the Rams for Pace, Al has been afraid to let a player he likes go by him.

  • dickv

    wow yeah rough day. Clearly next year I need make plans to hang out with my wife doing something she enjoys because I am still shell shocked on who we got.

    Props to Walter football, mike mayock, Mike lombardi, and whomever else predicted the Raiders would draft DHB at # 7. These people know my team better than I do and I have been following them passionately for a long time.