All- AFC South 2024 NFL Mock Draft Bonus: Arizona Cardinals, Aidonai Mitchell, WR
With the No. 16 overall pick in the midseason NFL 2024 Mock Draft for the AFC South, the Arizona Cardinals, with the Texans pick, select Adonai Mitchell, a wide receiver from Texas. This trade could have significant implications for both teams, with the Cardinals further bolstering their offensive capabilities while the Texans built their defense around Will Anderson Jr.
Mitchell is a rising star in the world of college football. His athleticism, combined with his ability to make big plays, makes him an exciting prospect. The Cardinals could have an even more potent offensive lineup with Mitchell.
ESPN rated Adonai Mitchell from Cane Ridge High School a 3-star recruit, as did 247 Sports. After high school, Mitchell decided to join Georgia. During his freshman year in 2021, he competed in 15 games, catching 29 passes for 428 yards, with an average of 14.8 yards per reception, four touchdowns, and a quarterback rating of 92.5 when targeted. As a sophomore in 2022, he only had five catches for 69 yards with one touchdown but an impressive QB rating of 142.3 when targeted.
Scouts note Mitchell has tremendous hand strength, a competitive drive, and a knack for attacking the ball in the air. He displays good quickness off the line and enough power to escape the jam. He has soft hands and a large catch radius and can make catches and pick up yards in catch-and-run plays.
Mitchell is not a breakaway speedster but is still rarely caught from behind. Additionally, Mitchell has long arms, which help him play beyond his size, and he is a powerful runner when carrying the ball. He excels on passes to the outside, showing excellent ball-tracking abilities and leaving enough room for his quarterback to make the throw.
In 2023, by seven games, he had 26 catches, 368 yards, and five touchdowns. Mitchell stands at 6'4" and 195 pounds, with a long, imposing frame to be successful on the boundary. His flexibility, throttle control, and transition quickness make him stand out as a separator. Although he often does not receive enough recognition as a first-round prospect, he is an almost elite-size-speed athlete with route running knowledge, flexibility, and remarkable instincts.
Getting Kyler Murray back and adding a solid wide receiver to compliment Marquise Brown and their other early first-round pick, probably left tackle Joe Alt from Notre Dame, the Cardinals could be a playoff-caliber team in 2024.