Scouting Report: Carlton Mitchell

Written by Will Spencer on April 20, 2010

Carlton Mitchell

Position: WR School: South Florida
Height: 6’2 7/8 Weight: 215 lbs
Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.47

Overall Grade:


Draft Projection:

3rd Round

Non-position specific categories


Max. Value


Height/Weight 6 5.5
Speed 8 6.5
Quickness/Agility 10 8
Strength/Explosion 10 5
Athletic Ability 8 7
Durability 8 7
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 3
Toughness 8 6
Potential 10 8

Wide Receiver Specific Categories


Max. Value


Route Running 10 6.5
Hands 10 7
Blocking 4 3
Short Routes 8 5.5
Deep Routes 8 5.5
Elusiveness/YAC 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System


Explosive athlete with great speed. Very quick and has some shiftiness. Not afraid to work the middle of the field. Can make some acrobatic catches. Does a nice job after the catch and can break some tackles against corners. Great leaping ability. Willing to fight for the ball with the defender. Super-athletic guy that has breakaway speed. Good downfield blocker. Ideal height/weight. Good body control and balance. High character player. Also a track star at South Florida.


Makes an awful lot of body catches and because of this, he’s dropped his share of passes. Production is lower than you’d like to see, but came from a relatively weak passing offense at USF. Rounds off a lot of routes and has a lot of room for improvement as an overall route runner. A bit raw and could have used his senior season to further develop.


Mitchell might end up being an absolute steal in this draft. A very talented and athletic receiver, he has the all the physical tools you look for in the position. Comes from a sports family where his father played basketball in Europe and his mother was the “cut-man” for boxer Antontio Tarver. Mitchell is a track start that is converting to the position, but already shows a lot of promise. Could be a very good receiver if he lands on the right team with the right coaching. Mitchell has a very high ceiling and has the work ethic, character and physical abilities to have a higher floor than many receivers in this draft.


18 career starts at USF.

Awards and Honors

2009: n/a
2008: n/a
2007: n/a


Interdisciplinary social sciences major at USF.


Missed two games in 2009 with an ankle injury.

Receiving Stats
Year Rec Yards Avg Long TD Rush Yards TD
2009 40 706 17.7 84 4 0 0 0
2008 28 405 14.5 47 1 1 7 0
2007 37 537 14.5 75 4 4 17 0

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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009.

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