Houston Texans defensive lineman and soon to be free agent Earl Mitchell has started to gain some looks on the open market. Mitchell who was drafted by the Texans in 2010 in the 3rd round (81st overall) out of Arizona has worked himself into a solid and starting potential NFL defensive tackle.
Originally drafted for the Texans 4-3 defensive scheme as a three technique, Mitchell has to reinvent himself as a nose tackle when Wade Phillips arrived in 2011. Mitchell packed on weight and climbed to 300 lbs. and proved he could play the nose tackle position in a 3-4 scheme. His biggest attributes are his strength but his ability to move for his 300 lbs. frame, and that goes back to his Arizona days when he was recruited as a fullback.
Mitchell appeared in 63 games in four seasons for the Texans and started 17 of those games. For his career he has 134 total tackles with 3.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble, and he has been the consummate team player for the Texans.
The Houston native and North Shore High School product looks like he is in for a good pay-day with these recent rumors.