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NFL Draft Profile – WR Adonai Mitchell

By Doug Orth | 4/24/24 |

Adonai Mitchell


College: Texas
Height/Weight: 6' 2"/205
Hands: 9"
Age: 21 (at the time of the 2024 season opener)

Important NFL Combine Numbers

40-Yard Dash: 4.34
Vertical Jump: 39.5’’
Broad Jump: 11’ 4’’
20-Yard Shuttle: N/A
3-Cone: N/A

College Production (Stats)

High-end NFL Player Comp(s): George Pickens

Low-end NFL Player Comp(s): Darius Slayton

Best Scheme Fit: Z In the right environment, he will be a Day 1 starter as a field-stretcher in a vertical passing game. Possesses the athleticism to be an X receiver (split end) someday if he can find a way to add enough strength to be at least average after the catch.

Best Team Fit(s): Steelers, Bills, Chargers, Chiefs, Giants, Patriots, Panthers

Non-bolded times - Good examples of attribute
Bolded times - Average/poor examples of attribute

Position-Specific Attributes and Grades
Attribute Att Grade Scale Examples
Ball Tracking 8.5 10.0

1:28, 2:31, 8:55, 9:05, 12:33, 15:45

0:12, 14:20

Contested Catch/Body Control 8.5 10.0

1:28, 5:57, 8:55, 9:05, 11:51, 13:26, 13:41


Hands 9.5 10.0

1:28, 5:11, 5:27, 5:57, 8:55, 9:57, 13:41, 15:45

1:31, 3:02, 6:19

Release 8.5 10.0

2:04, 7:53, 13:41

Route-Running 9.0 10.0

0:18, 2:13, 2:31, 4:52, 5:57, 7:15, 7:53, 12:33

0:12, 6:26, 8:46, 20:14

Run After Catch 7.0 10.0

7:00, 12:33, 14:39, 17:12

6:38, 10:52

Physicality/Competitiveness 6.5 8.0

1:00, 11:51, 14:39

6:26, 8:46, 20:14

Separation 5.0 6.0

2:31, 7:15, 7:53, 9:05, 11:06, 11:51, 12:33, 15:45

3:59, 10:02, 10:37

Speed 3.5 4.0

2:31, 15:45

Blocking 1.5 2.0

1:23, 4:17, 6:04

Film Grade 67.5 80.0

Pre-Draft Fantasy Prospect Grade* (out of 50): 38.5

* - How well does his skill set carry over to the fantasy game? For receivers, a player needs to be a realistic threat for 70 catches and 1,000 receiving yards at some point early in their career to be a candidate for a perfect grade. Positional scarcity at the pro level is also a part of the equation.


  • Incredible athlete with some of the best triangle numbers (40 time, broad jump, vertical jump) for a receiver in Combine history.

  • Displays rare body control for a bigger receiver.

  • Able to release quickly off the line most of the time and can restart in a hurry.

  • Possesses the ability to cut at a sharp angle at the top of his route - a trait found more often in smaller receivers.

  • Charged with one drop on 103 catchable targets over the final two seasons of his college career (recorded six drops on 52 catchable targets as a freshman in 2021).

  • Seemingly came up the biggest in big spots; gave Alabama's highly touted cornerback duo of Terrion Arnold and Kool-Aid McKinstry some problems early last season. He also secured the go-ahead touchdown as a freshman in Georgia's national championship win over Alabama in 2021.


  • Possesses a linear build and may not be able to add much muscle without sacrificing his overall athleticism.

  • Generally went down on first contact with the few run-after-catch chances he had (amassed a mere 275 yards after the catch on 93 receptions across two-plus seasons).

  • Not the most efficient or purposeful route-runner, taking extra steps on some occasions and failing to sell his route on others.

  • Shows good effort for the most part, but he either lost sight of the ball or throttled down on a handful of deep balls when he was the intended target.

  • Small hands and a consistent lack of a "my ball" mentality; surprisingly given 11 contested-catch opportunities in 2023 versus 21 for teammate Xavier Worthy.

  • Very much a hit-or-miss producer in 2023; accumulating 24 of his 55 catches (and 399 of his 845 receiving yards) in three games.

Bottom Line

The range of career outcomes for almost any non-blue chip prospect is usually fairly wide. That may go double for Mitchell, who will be considered an athletic freak by some and a potential first-round receiver who was unable to be the alpha in any of his three college seasons at two schools by others. Even as his playing time opened up with a transfer from Georgia to Texas in 2023, he still played second fiddle to Worthy despite leading the Big 12 with 11 receiving touchdowns. At his best, he was able to frustrate Arnold and McKinstry, drawing two penalties and scoring one of his two touchdowns versus the Crimson Tide against that duo. At his worst, he was a sometimes passive X receiver who settled for three or fewer catches in 10 of 14 contests and did not get overly involved until the Longhorns got inside the red zone.

How much should evaluators punish Mitchell for the talent he was surrounded by at Georgia and Texas? It is a legitimate question and may be the primary reason why he was never able to establish himself as the primary option in the passing game at either program. Mitchell may have been able to carve out a bigger role for himself if had ever been able to do more after the catch though. While a deep-ball role (16.0 aDOT in 2023) will definitely play a role in a receiver's ability to pick up YAC, the truth of the matter is Mitchell seems content on going down on first contact regularly.

Recent reports surfaced that scouts have concerns regarding Mitchell's lack of discipline (?) regarding his management of Type 1 diabetes. Those reports were quickly discredited by his former Longhorn teammates, but blood sugar issues would help explain the inconsistency from game to game. Whatever the reason, teams are going to have to ask themselves why his athleticism and ability to step up when it mattered the most was not an every-game occurrence for him. The Pickens comp represents an absolute best-case scenario in my opinion, which makes it likely Mitchell's ceiling is probably as a field-stretching Z (flanker) for the near future.

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Doug Orth has written for FFToday since 2006 and been featured in USA TODAY's Fantasy Football Preview magazine since 2010. He is also a high-stakes player who often appears as a guest analyst on a number of national sports radio shows, such as Sirius XM’s “Fantasy Drive." Doug is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

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