Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne were inconsistent in 2013 and the need was there to add another cornerback. 2014 will likely be Claiborne’s last season in Dallas if he doesn’t improve his play tremendously. The NFL is a pass-heavy league and you can never have enough cornerbacks. With one of the last picks of the draft, the Dallas Cowboys elected to draft Oregon’s Terrance Mitchell.
With 4.52 40-yard dash speed, Mitchell is not the fastest cornerback in the draft. It also doesn’t help that he’s only 5’11″, 195 pounds, but there is a reason why Mitchell had such a successful career at Oregon. Mitchell is an explosive athlete, as is the case by his 34″ vertical jump. He also has a 10′ broad jump. Smaller cornerbacks tend to be more fluid at changing their hips and that is true with Mitchell.
Mitchell is an excellent open-field tackler. He is able to read run from pass and he isn’t afraid to put on a big hit. Mitchell also has good ball skills. In the Pac-12, Mitchell had to go against many taller receivers, but he plays much bigger than he is. The Cowboys will press more at the line of scrimmage in 2014 and Mitchell does a great job pressing at the line of scrimmage. By putting on weight, Mitchell will be able to compete better against the stronger competition in the NFL. Mitchell’s skillset tells me he will fit well as a No. 4 cornerback. Orlando Scandrick is an undersized cornerback and he will have a big influence on Mitchell. With the selection of Mitchell, B.W. Webb may not even make it out of training camp.