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Quinyon Mitchell signs his rookie contract

Quinyon Mitchell
Quinyon Mitchell

After becoming the first cornerback drafted in the first round by the Eagles since 2002, Quinyon Mitchell signed his four-year rookie contract on Thursday at the conclusion of the mandatory minicamp.

Here are five things to know about Mitchell, the No. 22 overall pick:

1. Mitchell's 52 career ball disruptions (46 pass breakups and six interceptions) rank sixth among all corners drafted in the last decade. None of the corners ahead of him on the list were selected prior to the third day of the draft. The cornerback's 46 pass breakups are the most in Toledo history.

2. Mitchell became the first back-to-back Associated Press All-American in Toldeo history. The corner was a third-team All-American in 2022 and a second-team All-American in 2023. The 22-year-old was also a two-time first-team All-MAC player (2022 and '23).

"His skill set translates to the league, regardless of who he is playing against," said Eagles Director of Player Personnel Charles Walls. "The way that he responds when he's challenged, the way that he finishes tackles, the energy he brings to his teammates; his whole body of work really stood out to me."

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3. Mitchell became the only FBS player with four-plus interceptions and two-plus interceptions returned for a touchdown in the same game since at least 2000 (10/8/22 vs. Northern Illinois). The Williston, Florida native finished his college career with six interceptions.

4. Per Pro Football Focus, Mitchell had a forced incompletion percentage of 27.7 percent this past season, the highest of any of the corners drafted in the first round and the second most of any corner invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.

5. Mitchell is the first Williston, Florida native to get drafted in the NFL. The town sits 20 miles south of Gainsville and has a population of just about 3,000.

"Everybody knows everybody," Mitchell said when asked about his hometown during a press conference. "A lot of family, a lot of connections in that hometown.

"They've been reaching out to me. They had a couple of draft parties last night. They're super excited, really just for the kids. I'm the first one from my hometown, so just giving them something to look up to and hope they'll be better than me."

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