Virginia Tech writer: Detroit Lions TE rookie James Mitchell is a “solid player”

While we’ve got our first impressions of many types of 2022 Detroit Lions projects, so far one remains relatively elusive. Former Virginia Tech player James Mitchell, picked by the Lions in the fifth round, remains a gift unwrapped under the NFL Draft Tree. Due to a torn ACL last September, Mitchell did not attend the beginner’s mini camp or organize any team activities. We haven’t seen him test at the NFL Combine, and even his college tape is limited, with just 20 games starting in his Hokies career.

So we tried to get to know Mitchell a little better by talking to someone who has covered his career over the past four seasons. In our ongoing Get to Know a Lions Draft Pick podcast series, we welcomed Virginia Tech beat writer for The Athletic Andy Bitter to the show and inundated him with questions about Mitchell for 30 minutes in a row.

How was Mitchell able to get an average of 16.1 yards per catch over his college career? Why as Hokie did he only have 52 catches? How is it as a blocker? How an integral part of his offensive weapon was his at Virginia Tech, and what great prospect would he have had it not been for an early ACL injury in 2021?

Bitter answers these questions and much, much more in this week’s episode of First Byte.

Check it out below.

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