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Steelers to Host Freakishly Athletic Texas WR AD Mitchell for Pre-Draft Visit



Pittsburgh Steelers 2024 NFL Draft Prospect Texas WR Adonai AD Mitchell
Texas wide receiver Adonai Mitchell (5) reaches for a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas State in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a pre-draft visit scheduled with Texas wide receiver Adonai “AD” Mitchell, according to a report by Mike DeFabo of The Athletic, continuing their interest in the top wide receivers in the 2024 NFL Draft class, and Mitchell specifically.

The Steelers have shown significant interest in Mitchell, holding a formal interview with him at the 2024 NFL Combine and also sending wide receivers coach Zach Azzani to the Texas pro day to scout Mitchell and fellow Longhorns receivers Xavier Worthy and Jordan Whittington.

They’ve also been scouting many of the other top receivers in the draft class. The Steelers have brought in or have scheduled pre-draft visits with Florida’s Ricky Pearsall, Western Kentucky’s Malachi Corley, South Carolina’s Xavier Legette, USC’s Tahj Washington and Rice’s Luke McCaffrey.

The also met with Washington’s Rome Odunze, LSU’s Brian Thomas, Oregon’s Troy Franklin, Washington’s Jalen McMillan and Florida State’s Keon Coleman at the 2024 NFL Combine.

In addition to Texas, Azzani, along with head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Omar Khan, were at the Michigan pro day to see Roman Wilson and Cornelius Johnson. Khan and Tomlin also went to the pro days at Georgia (Ladd McConkey, Marcus Rosem) and Alabama (Jermaine Burton).

Mitchell played just one season at Texas in 2023 after transferring from Georgia, and he broke out in a big way as a junior last fall. Mitchell caught 38 passes for 560 yards and seven touchdowns over two seasons at Georgia — including one playing behind current Steelers wide receiver George Pickens. Last year at Texas, he caught 55 passes for 845 yards and 11 touchdowns, leading to an All-Big 12 selection.

Steelers Draft Profile: Texas WR AD Mitchell a Smooth Playmaker on the Perimeter

At the 2024 NFL Combine, Mitchell was dominant, posting a 4.34-second 40-yard dash, a 39.5-inch vertical and an 11-foot-4 broad jump for a 9.99 Relative Athletic Score out of 10 — the highest rating in the entire 2024 NFL Draft class and one of the highest tested athleticism scores of all time.

Mitchell is anticipated to be a first-round pick, with his NFL Mock Draft Database average currently at No. 28 overall, making him likely to be available when the Steelers pick at No. 20 in the first round. Mitchell is also a potential option for the Steelers as a trade-back in the first round.