Michael Mitchell is a safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played four seasons with the Oakland Raiders and one season with the Carolina Panthers before signing with the Steelers.
Mitchell was born on June 10, 1987 in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. He attended Covington Catholic High School for three years before transferring to Highlands High School. As a senior at Highlands High School he contributed to a state championship run that ended in victory. He was recognized as an All-State player.
In Mitchell’s college years at Ohio he became a solid tackler. He recorded 212 tackles in his career at Ohio University as a safety. Although Mitchell wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine, he participated at Ohio’s Pro Day and gave a valiant effort to show scouts his skills.
The Oakland Raiders selected Mitchell in the second round, 47th overall pick of the 2009 draft. A prospect out of Ohio University hadn’t been selected that early since Gene Ruskowski was selected as the 49th overall pick by the Los Angeles Rams. Mitchell wouldn’t start his first game until 2010 but served as a backup for the majority of the season.
In 2013, he signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers. He started 13 games with the Panthers contributed to a solid defense that helped the Panthers make the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
In 2014, Mitchell signed a five-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is projected to be a starting safety along with Troy Polamalu.
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