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Falcons Select Safety Charles Mitchell In Sixth Round

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Your latest Falcon is a very Falconly Falcon, indeed.

Charles Mitchell is a three-year SEC starter, character guy and bone-crunching, run-stopping safety. He's an intelligent football player and a core special teams player, and he plays at a position the Falcons needed a backup badly. I'd say this pick has an air of inevitably to it.

What does Mitchell offer? A ton against the run, less against the pass. He's not a superb athlete, so he's not suddenly going to become one overnight. Mitchell does at least have quality ups. He's almost certainly ticketed for strong safety, where his sure tackling, ability to diagnose a play and fluid movement plays very well. He's also capable of keeping up with tight ends, though his lack of true size (5'11") isn't going to play well against the more massive ones.

The upshot is that the Falcons just got a talented reserve who offers help against the run and could eventually become something in coverage, though he should not be counted on for that right off the bat. He does give the team some added depth at safety.

I know some would have preferred Antonio Allen, but late in the sixth round, I like this pick fine. Mitchell will be an immediate contributor on special teams, at the very least, and this is a team that values that highly. I like his long-term upside as a reserve safety and someone who can hopefully help out in certain packages.

Your thoughts on Mitchell?