Cleveland drafts USF WR Carlton Mitchell with the 8th pick of the 6rd round making him the No. 177 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-3, 212 pound South Florida receiver decided to forgo his senior season to enter the draft, and is considered a raw receiver with great size, speed, and upside. Mitchell was projected by many to go between the second and fourth rounds, and is a great value pick for Cleveland.
In 2009 Mitchell recorded 40 catches for 706 yards and 4 touchdowns, ranking fourth all-time at USF with an average of 17.6 yards per catch. For his career, Mitchell totaled 105 receptions for 1,648 yards, an average of 15.7 yards per catch, along with nine touchdowns.
In his three seasons playing on the Bulls run first offense, Mitchell became known as a big play receiver, making eight catches for 50 or more yards in his career, tops all-time in the program, and his 85-yard touchdown reception at Syracuse on is the second-longest reception ever in 13 years of USF football. He ranks first all-time at USF in career receiving yards with 1,648, owns the most receiving yards in a season with 706, and owns the most 100-yard receiving games with five.
Mitchell was invited to the NFL combine and was a top performer in 3 events, and drew rave reviews. In the 40 he had an official time listed as 4.49, 10th-best among receivers, (At the USF pro day Mitchell improved his 40 time by a tenth of a second to a 4.40). He was also a top performer in the bench press with 16 reps (tied for 8th), and also was a top performer with a 10’2” broad jump (tied for sixth-best.). In position drills Mitchell caught the ball extremely well and ran good routes, outperforming some of the bigger named receivers at the combine.
Running a sub 4.4 forty, Mitchell has a great combination of size and speed, and is a deep threat receiver with tons of potential. With the Browns need for receiver, Mitchell has a chance to make an early impact.
Mitchell was the fourth Bull selected in the 2010 draft, , joining first-rounder Jason Pierre-Paul, second-round selection Nate Allen and Jerome Murphy, who was picked with the first pick of the third round.