Charles Mitchell was the third and final Mississippi State player to be taken in this year's NFL Draft. The safety from Clarksdale went to Atlanta with the 22nd pick of the sixth round (192nd overall).
"I don't know too much about the organization from the inside, but from the outside looking in, I saw they struggled with winning a playoff game," Mitchell said. "I know they have a real good team. … I'm going to come in, do my part and make the team better, whatever it is."
Mitchell said he spoke with the Falcons a couple of times before the draft – at the Players All-Star Classic in Little Rock in February and then at the NFL Combine later that month. Atlanta went 10-6 last season and lost in the wild card round to the New York Giants, the eventual Super Bowl champions.
According to an AP story, Mitchell will likely compete with backup safety Shann Schillinger for a roster spot. Mitchell could also earn his keep on special teams.
The 5-foot-11, 202-pounder was a three-year starter at State and played in 50 games. This past season he was second on the team with 95 tackles, and he also had three tackles-for-loss, a sack and three pass breakups.
He's a player who, when he arrived at MSU, was described by coaches as having a ready-made stature for college. Mitchell feels he's physically ready for the pros.
"I'm a competitor. I'm going to compete and fight for a job," he said.
Mitchell said one area he'll definitely need improvement on is his man coverage skills.