- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 2, 2015

Former Arkansas teammates Tevin Mitchel and Martrell Spaight were speaking on the phone Friday when the thought arose.

“We were like, ‘What if we ended up on the same team?’” Mitchel said.

That outside possibility became reality Saturday afternoon, when the Washington Redskins selected Mitchel, a cornerback, in the sixth round at No. 182 overall, 41 picks after they had selected Spaight, a linebacker. Their lockers were side-by-side in the Razorbacks locker room, and now they will aim to earn new lockers at Redskins Park.

“He’s just a dog on the field. And off the field, he is just a great man,” Mitchel said of Spaight. “We talked every day, you know, ‘Let’s get better, let’s do this, let’s do that.’ He was just a great [teammate] to have by my side. I’m real happy and excited to play with him.”

Mitchel started 29 games during his four years at Arkansas, including five in 2014, when he finished with two interceptions and eight pass breakups. A speedy corner who is capable of playing both inside and outside, he said he models his game after Cleveland Browns cornerback and Maryland native Joe Haden. 

Coach Jay Gruden said the team did a lot of research on Mitchel and was pleased with what it saw.

“He had an excellent pro day, has excellent measurables, 6 feet tall,” Gruden said. “He was relegated mostly to playing nickel at Arkansas. But I think with the measurables he has, there is a role for him. He can run and did some good things at the nickel position.”

As a sixth-round selection, Mitchel followed in the footsteps of his father, Eric, who was picked by the New England Patriots in the sixth round of the 1989 draft. Tevin Mitchel said he leaned on his father throughout the draft process this year.

“He kind of knows the ins and outs of how things go,” Mitchel said of his father. “You know that it’s a business, so he talked to me all the time about, ‘Keep your nose clean, stay focused, do your job. This is a business, so you have got to go to work and you’ve got to do what you have to do for your family.’ So he helped me a lot throughout this process.”

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