INDIANAPOLIS — Malcolm Mitchell played defensive back for Valdosta High School before enrolling at the University of Georgia in 2011 and focusing primarily on wide receiver.
Mitchell told a group of reporters at the NFL combine that Georgia gave him the option to either play cornerback or wide receiver. He chose receiver, but he’s going to be using those DB skills Saturday at the combine.
“(Georgia) actually gave me the option to play offense, and I enjoyed it,” Mitchell said. “They asked me to play defense later on in my career. Ironically, I found out yesterday, some team is going to ask me to do some DB drills (Saturday).”
Mitchell played some defense in his career at Georgia, but it was very limited. He’s clear that wide receiver is his priority at the combine, but he’s going to take advantage of this opportunity and says he has no problem with transitioning to a corner if he had to.
“I’m willing to,” Mitchell said when asked if he would make a position change. “I think the only difference between playing receiver and defensive back is transitioning in and out of breaks. Instead of going forward, you go backward. That’s the only you have to adjust to. Ball skills should carry over. Instincts should carry over. You just have to learn the position and the defense and go from there.”
Mitchell will participate in on-field drills Saturday.