Best New Texan (2010)

Earl Mitchell

Earl Mitchell, a third-round pick for the Houston Texans, is one happy defensive lineman: He gets to play in the NFL in his own hometown. Mitchell went to North Shore High before heading to the University of Arizona, and now he's back as a third-round pick for the Texans. "Being able to play here is a fulfilled dream," he said upon being chosen. Head coach Gary Kubiak expects big things from the agile Mitchell, and the Texans' DL has underperformed and can use the help. Another plus for Mitchell: He got to see an NFL game. He'd never been to one until his first Texans game.


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