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5 Things to Know About New Vikings WR Dillon Mitchell

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings took a pair of wide receivers in the seventh round on Saturday, the first of which was Dillon Mitchell.

The Oregon product was the 239th overall selection of the 2019 NFL Draft and one of 28 total wide receivers added to NFL rosters over the three-day period.

Here are five things to know about Mitchell:

1. Record setter

Mitchell set an Oregon single-season record with 1,184 receiving yards in 2018. He had 75 catches (third in school history) and added 10 touchdowns, which tied for second in a season in Ducks history.

2. Big-play potential

Mitchell had 10 catches of 30-plus yards in 2018, and also had eight touchdown receptions of 25-plus yards in his college career.

Dane Brugler of The Athletic wrote in his pre-draft profile of Mitchell that the wide receiver has “peripheral vision and senses defenders around him, gravitates toward open zones in the defense [and has] enough vertical skill to stretch the seam.”

Brugler ranked Mitchell as the 25th overall wide receiver in the draft.

View photos of Vikings new WR Dillon Mitchell from Oregon who was selected in the seventh round.

3. Conference catalyst

Mitchell performed best during Pac-12 conference play during his career. He had 1,000 receiving yards alone against conference foes, one of four players nationally to hit that mark. Mitchell, a Second-Team All-Pac-12 honoree in 2018, recorded 11 of his 14 career touchdowns and all six of his career 100-yard receiving games against Pac-12 opponents.

4. Two-sport star

Mitchell committed to Oregon to play both football and basketball out of high school but focused on football in Eugene. One of the top prep point guards in Tennessee, Mitchell was a four-star recruit on the hardwood. He was also mentored by former Orlando Magic guard Penny Hardaway.

5. Tennessee’s Mr. Football

Mitchell racked up plenty of hardware at White Station High School, as he earned the Mr. Football Class 6A Back Award from the Tennessee Titans after his senior season in which he scored 31 total touchdowns. He also was the Gatorade Player of the Year in 2015 and was a two-time All-State selection in football.

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