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Colts 2016 player preview: Cornerback Tevin Mitchel

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The Indianapolis Colts will report to training camp on July 26 with their 90-man roster, which will be cut down to 53 players by the end of the preseason.  To pass the time until camp, we're taking a look at every player on the Colts' 90-man roster.  Today, we're looking at cornerback Tevin Mitchel.

Who is he?

Of all of the depth players on the Colts this offseason, perhaps none is more interesting than cornerback Tevin Mitchel.  He was originally drafted by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Arkansas.  In college, he played in 42 games (starting 29) and recorded 157 tackles,  six tackles for loss, 18 passes defensed, four interceptions (one returned for a score), two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.  He stayed with the Redskins throughout the offseason, though early in training camp he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury and subsequently waived/injured.  In the preseason, for a player to be placed on injured reserve he must first be waived, and almost every time that player clears waivers.  The Colts, however, liked Mitchel enough that they claimed him off of waivers despite his shoulder injury that was likely to end his season, and on top of that they kept him on their 90-man roster until they were able to place him directly on IR.  Mitchel has never played in an NFL game, but the Colts' actions last year in training camp strongly suggest that they really like the corner and that we shouldn't sleep on him.

What is his role?

The cornerback position is pretty set at the top, as Vontae Davis, Patrick Robinson, Darius Butler, and D'Joun Smith are the top four.  After that, the fifth (or even possibly sixth) spots are wide open, and Tevin Mitchel would seem to have a good chance to win it.  We still have yet to really see him in action so it's hard to make an accurate assessment, but it's clear that the Colts have high hopes for him.

What are his chances?

He's a guy to keep an eye on, as he could make a strong push for a roster spot.