Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell may not know who will throw him the ball Saturday but he’s well aware of the top-notch corner who will line up against him, something Mitchell said he’s gotten used to, according to DawgNation.com’s Seth Emerson.
No. 11 Florida has arguably the best cornerback in college football and a sure-fire first round pick in Vernon Hargreaves. The CB will likely cover Mitchell for most of the game but Georgia’s (5-2, 3-2 SEC) No. 1 wideout has played against plenty of first round talent during his collegiate career, Emerson writes:
“It’s an opportunity to compete with somebody who possibly will be a high pick in the draft,” Mitchell said this week.
So a measuring stick?
“No I’m not saying that,” said Mitchell, a fifth-year senior who has already faced plenty of high-quality cornerbacks. In fact he knows how many. “I’ve played against six first-round draft pick corners.”
A quick check shows that Mitchell is basically right:
Alabama’s Dee Milliner (2012 SEC championship, 2013 first-round pick)
Michigan State’s Trae Waynes (2012 Outback Bowl, 2015 first-round pick).
Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard (2012 Outback Bowl, 2014 first-round pick).
LSU’s Morris Claiborne (2011 SEC championship, 2012 first-round pick).
South Carolina’s Stephon Gilmore (2011 regular season, 2012 first-round pick)
Mitchell has played against five CBs who were drafted in the first round and Hargreaves will likely be No. 6. If an NFL future isn’t in the cards for him, he should consider a career in scouting because he’s got a pretty good idea about what an NFL-caliber defensive back looks like.
The senior will get a good look at another one when Georgia and Florida (6-1, 4-1 SEC) kickoff at 3:30 p.m. EST Saturday on CBS.