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Earl Mitchell: What Arizona Fans Are Saying

You saw what our colleagues over at Roll Bama Roll had to say about Kareem Jackson; now, let's shift the focus to one of the more polarizing picks of your Houston Texans' 2010 NFL Draft--Earl Mitchell (BFD's initial thoughts on the pick can be found here). The chief of SB Nation's tremendous blog for all things Arizona Wildcat, joenewby4040, offers his thoughts on Earl Mitchell after the jump.

Take it away, Joe:

Earl Mitchell started off the year on the Lombardi Watch List and anchored the Cats' defensive interior line. The first couple of games of the year didn't give any Arizona fans the real perception of where the team was going. We played Central Michigan and lowly Northern Arizona University. The real test came at Iowa where our other DT, Donald Horton, was absolutely destroyed on every play. Mitchell, on the other hand, handled their massive offensive line great. He had 2.5 TFL and 0.5 sacks. He only got better from there.

Mitchell used his low center of gravity to bull rush the biggest of offensive linemen in the Pac-10. He disrupted plays time and time again and was a solid force all season long. His best game of the year was against Cal, one we lost, but he dominated. He was in the backfield all night. This is one guy that you truly can't just look at a box score and rate his play. Although, in the Cal game, he did have 9 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 TFLs. He was literally in the backfield all night.

That's about all I can come up with. The guy is a badass.

My sincere thanks to Joe for taking the time to give us his thoughts on Mitchell. Feel any better about the pick, BRB?