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Oregon cornerback Terrence Mitchell has declared for the NFL Draft. Mitchell is the first Duck to declare for the NFL Draft that stayed a part of the team. The 6’0″ 189lb junior recorded 38 tackles, 5 interceptions, 7 pass deflections, a forced fumble and a touchdown return.
“Being at Oregon was great,” Mitchell told The Oregonian. “Since I’ve been here we won big-time bowls and accomplished a lot, 38 games starting, I felt like I accomplished a lot and it was time to go to the next thing.”
There is a lot of speculation if both of Oregon’s corners will end up leaving. A report surfaced that Ifo Ekpre-Olomu had decided to stay for his senior year in Eugene while others have suggested he is undecided. With the retirement of Nick Aliotti, the team’s longtime defensive coordinator, it could work to push some players to leave earlier than they might have.
Mitchell’s decision to declare is a little notable as he described the grade he received from the NFL Draft Advisory Board as unfair. The NFL Draft Advisory Board tends to be conservative to best serve the players its advising and to protect the NFL product.
The deadline for underclassmen to declare is January 15th and provided they have not signed an agent, they could change their mind by then as well.