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Under-the-radar Raider ready for impact

Oakland plucks obscure Ohio U. safety Mitchell, who reminds Cable of Lott, Tatum

Originally Published: April 29, 2009
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

If you want a player to root for now that the NFL draft has concluded, here's a name worth remembering: Oakland Raiders safety Michael Mitchell.

He's the unheralded prospect from Ohio University who went from being a potential late-round pick to a second-round selection. He's also the player with the biggest chip on his shoulder, now that several draft analysts have questioned his being chosen so high.

"I definitely have a lot of motivation," Mitchell said. "Some people basically ...

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