BEREA—The Browns wanted to get a wide receiver, but said this draft was not particularly deep in that area.
They took South Florida receiver Carlton Mitchell with their first sixth-round pick (177th overall).
In years when as many as six to seven wide receivers have been drafted in the first-round, in 2010, only Dez Bryant was a first round pick and he didn’t go until the Cowboys selected him 24th.
Mitchell (6-3, 215), caught 105 passes for 1648 yards including nine touchdowns, in his collegiate career.
He was described by NFLDraftScout.com, who had him ranked as the 75th best prospect in this year’s draft as being “a tall and wiry deep threat tough running with the ball, but doesn’t always catch it.”
“I had a few balls that went to my chest,” Mitchell said. “But, I’ve worked on that since January and feel that I’ve improved in that area quite a bit.”
Mitchell comes from an athletic background. His father, Carl, played professional basketball in Europe, while his mother , Angela, is a well-known cut person in the corner of professional boxer Antonio Carver.
“I almost was born in Spain, but my mom came back to the states when I was born,” he said. “I thought about following my father, but wanted to play football.”
Mitchell raised some eyebrows declaring for the draft, despite not having big numbers in college.
“I played in a run first offense,” he said. “To tell the truth, I was just playing my role and it was a timing scheme offense. At the end of the day, I just did what the coaches wanted me to do and to help the team win games. “
One of the Browns’ most glaring needs is at wide receiver, where Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie were drafted in the second-round in 2009. Josh Cribbs and Mike Furrey are the other veteran receivers.
There’s a good opportunity for Mitchell with the Browns.
“That’s what I was told,” Mitchell said. “I feel really blessed to come into that situation. I have no regrets about (leaving school early). The main thing was my love and passion for the sport.
Mike Holmgren said the Browns wanted to bring in a fast receiver and Mitchell feels he fits the bill.
“I feel that I’m ready for the next level,” Mitchell said. “The Lord has blessed me with great speed and feel I can stretch the field.”