OT – #74 Louisiana
Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: Neville (Monroe, LA)
HS Rating: 2 star (0.7697)
Phil Steele: PS#488
Max Mitchell Scouting Report
Remarkable athlete. Very nimble on his feet. Very strong upper body. Has a strong stiff arm that he uses well to neutralize a speed rush effectively. Lower body strength leaves some room for improvement. At times, shows a suitable anchor. Other times, he’s not as consistent. Recovery flashes decent. Keeps chopping his feet looking for that spot to settle.
Hand placement looks great at times. Very strong hands. Stays with it even through intense attacks. Mitchell calmly puts the hands away through punches and works around it. Very measured, the game looks slow to him. Overall good strength. Looks a little bit stiff at times. Got a lot of help in pass protection, whether from the guard or a chip from the running back working out of the backfield. Will often step out too wide and give up the inside while working into his set.
Very strong run blocker. Consistently gets that push off the line to create space. Works very well into the second level. Louisiana ran a zone scheme offense that often relied on their linemen to play an RPO style scheme. There will be some learning curves to make to adjust to the next level. Understands his assignment well at most times and makes the proper decisions to make the rep a success. Very smart.
What we want to see from Max Mitchell in Mobile
- We’re very interested to see Max Mitchell in 1v1’s at the Senior Bowl. His bend at times looked a little bit stiff as he handled stronger pass rushers, so we’d like to see him try to show better fight and hand technique to avoid those situations.
Pre-Senior Bowl Projection
Max Mitchell is an interesting projection simply because he is coming from an interesting scheme. Louisiana had to cater so much of what they do to protect left-handed quarterback Levi Lewis in the pocket that Mitchell is not a traditional right tackle. We think he’s a year two starter, potentially, with upside across the board as a pass protector. He will be used more as a run blocker because of his success in it.
We project Mitchell as a third/fourth-round prospect who should be off the board by early day three. His upside is excellent, he has tools, and teams tend to bet on tools with offensive linemen.