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NFL Draft: Adonai Mitchell says he's 'kind of pissed' after sliding to Colts in second round

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Texas wide receiver Adonai Mitchell was one of the fastest wide receivers in the 2024 NFL Draft, and one of the fastest fallers.

Mitchell's slide ended in the second round on Friday when the Indianapolis Colts selected him 52nd overall. Many saw him as a candidate for a late first-round pick, but he ended up being the 11th wide receiver.

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Based on what he had to say to Colts reporters, Mitchell also expected to be picked in the first round:

Mitchell entered the draft after one season at Texas, transferring after two seasons as a secondary weapon to Georgia. He developed into a high-speed weapon in Austin opposite the even faster Xavier Worthy, with 845 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.

A lot of people pegged Adonai Mitchell as a first-rounder in the 2024 NFL Draft. Including, apparently, Adonai Mitchell.  (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

A lot of people pegged Adonai Mitchell as a first-rounder in the 2024 NFL Draft. Including, apparently, Adonai Mitchell. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

That was a solid enough foundation, but Mitchell impressed with his athleticism during the pre-draft process. He was always seen as a progressive talent and his metrics backed that up with a 4.34 40-yard dash and a broad jump of 11 feet, 4 inches. Nate Tice of Yahoo Sports ranked him as the No. 24 prospect in the draft, although he noted that his “discipline and commitment still have room for improvement.”

Some NFL decision-makers apparently had similar concerns, though Colts general manager Chris Ballard profanely disagreed later Friday on anonymous reports criticizing Mitchell as a poor interview with teams:

“I've read some of the bulls*** said on TV, just the typical bullshit – pardon my language – our typical competition. Unnamed sources, bad interview, that's such bulls***. It f** * ing is. They're bulls***. Put your name on it. I'm tired, we're taking these young men down and if people can tell me they are their lives, it's nonsense.

“This is a good kid and for those reports to get out, I said it last year. It's bulls***. I'm sorry, I apologize for the language. I don't do that, but I do well.”

In any case, Mitchell has found a nice landing spot at Indianapolis, where he will join a young and talented offensive core that already includes Anthony Richardson, Jonathan Taylor, Michael Pittman Jr. and Josh Downs. He also clearly has a GM standing up for him.

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