Chicago Bears Roster Review: Terrance Mitchell


Aug 7, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Terrance Mitchell (30) covers wide receiver Terrance Williams (83) before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace has quite a rebuilding project on his hands.  In the next phase of our Chicago Bears Roster Review, we look at the players who are currently on the Bears roster.  We’ll look back at their 2014 season and look ahead to how they might fit into the team’s plans in 2015.

Terrance Mitchell, CB – Age 22

2014 Review

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Mitchell was selected in the seventh round (254th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, after he dropped because he was considered slow for a CB. His lack of production in preseason games led to his release on August 30, 2014. The Cowboys offered him a chance to join their practice squad, but he decided to sign with the Bears on September 1. He was promoted to the active roster in week 7 but recorded no stats or playing time.

2015 Outlook

There is not much to go on here in the NFL for Mitchell so the outlook is almost impossible, but I’ll try to give you something. The scouting report on Mitchell is that he has good read and react skills, with good hand-eye coordination. He is said to have under-average speed for an NFL corner and tends to clutch and grab, drawing flags. He also is said to have average physicality and tackling ability. With that said, he’s young, aggressive and competitive (per scouting report) and it’s not like the Bears are set long term at the CB position. He should definitely get an opportunity to compete for a roster spot, with a position group that has very shaky and questionable long-term options right now. Aside from Kyle Fuller, this group has many question marks for a long-term answer. The main competition for Mitchell will be: Allen Ball, Al Louis-Jean, Demontre Hurst and Sherrick McMannis.

Charles Tillman’s injury last year not only forced Kyle Fuller into action sooner than later, it forced inexperienced players onto the field and exposed the lack of quality, experienced depth at the position. The nickel role was handled by Isaiah Frey, who was released after the Panthers game and for good reason. Demontre Hurst then assumed the role and struggled in coverage. This is why more young competition is needed for this position as this is a unit that has not shown the ability to stop the potent passing attacks in the NFC North.

What do you think about Terrance Mitchell? Aside from Mitchell, what do you think about the cornerback position and outlook in 2015 for the Bears? Should the Bears address again early on in the draft? Let me know…