PFF ‘especially likes’ One Colts in 2024 draft

PFF ‘especially likes’ One Colts in 2024 draft

The Indianapolis Colts may have found a potent offensive weapon with their second-round pick.

The Indianapolis Colts are in pre-offseason mode with nine new picks in the 2024 NFL Draft. Cornerback Laiatu Latu, offensive tackle Tanor Bortolini and playmaker Jaylon Karlis were great selections, while Texas receiver Adonai Mitchell received Pro Football Focus’ honorable mention award.

In Trevor Sikkema’s recent article on the top players in the 2024 NFL Draft, Mitchell was named Best Offensive Position Pick. Sikkema said of the Texas playmaker.

Mitchell was the 22nd player in the WR4 class on my big board. So if the Colts take him 52nd overall, he’ll be an easy pick as my favorite offensive player. He also likes where he plants. Indianapolis needed to become more dynamic and vertical. Michael Pittman Jr. is a good X receiver and Josh Downs is an ideal option for a young player. But the Colts needed an outside player who could win with his athleticism. Mitchell gives them the potential to do more than that. I think he contributed right away from his first year.

Mitchell didn’t leave Texas with the same stats (55 catches, 845 receiving yards, 11 touchdowns) as his former teammate, now Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver, Xavier Worthy. However, Mitchell’s size, speed, and incredible running ability may give him a higher ceiling than Worthy in the NFL. Additionally, Mitchell will be a bigger target for shots, allowing him to play with more grace as Anthony Richardson becomes a cleaner passer. Worthy was good with his hands, but Mitchell was just out of this world in 2023. He posted a staggering 89.4 drop grade, according to PFF, and was just as effective as a pass catcher at catching his targets. He also showed versatility as a slot receiver, playing 94 snaps last season. Given his elite size and athleticism, Mitchell could cause a lot of mismatches for Shane Steichen’s offense on the outside or in the slot. How will Mitchell fit into Indianapolis’ receiving corps? It’s hard to imagine Mitchell not having incredible success in this Colts offense. Richardson is so dynamic that he will make Mitchell’s debut campaign go more smoothly and quickly. Needless to say, he’s perfect in a scheme with Michael Pittman Jr. and Josh Downs as pass catchers. It’s too early to tell how Mitchell’s rookie season will go. But with Mitchell’s athleticism, skill, and raw ability, he has a chance to prove himself and become great quickly. It’s great to get a talent like Mitchell in the second round. Let’s see how quickly he can adapt to the NFL.

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