The Raiders created quite a stir Saturday when they drafted Ohio safety Michael Mitchell in the second round, drawing criticism from numerous television pundits and journalists alike. But there was a method to the Raiders’ perceived madness.
Outsiders might have been surprised by Mitchell’s selection, but he was rapidly moving up draft boards. Raiders coach Tom Cable said Mitchell had visited as many as 15 teams during the past three weeks.
The Bears told Mitchell to wait by the phone because they planned to take him with the No. 49 overall selection (the same pick that the Bears dangled to the Cardinals in a trade offer for WR Anquan Boldin.) Mitchell told the media he believed he would be a Bear (via the Raiders’ official Web site):
- “I was thinking about going to Chicago, because they told me to stay close to my phone. Oakland was able to get to 47 and thought there was still a chance there. It’s just so amazing how this happened and worked out, I’m just pumped.”
Bears general manager Jerry Angelo told the Chicago Tribune that after Ohio State WR Brian Robiskie (another player whom the Bears had targeted) went to the Browns and Mitchell was taken by the Raiders, it was time to move out of the second round:
- “Unfortunately the players we targeted at 49 did not fall to us and we weren’t in a position that we were able to move up we just didn’t have enough,” Angelo said.