Oregon cornerback Terrance Mitchell to declare for NFL Draft

Oregon cornerback Terrance Mitchell to declare for NFL Draft
January 2, 2014, 11:45 pm
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Oregon Ducks defensive back Terrance Mitchell.

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Oregon junior cornerback Terrance Mitchell will enter the 2014 NFL Draft, according to multiple reports and confirmed through Twitter by GoDucks.com writer Rob Moseley.

Mitchell, a fourth-year junior, completed his third year as a starter and had a career-high and team-high five interceptions to go along with 59 tackles and seven pass breakups.

Mitchell's departure shouldn't be considered a surprise given that he has been at Oregon for four seasons. Mitchell, out of Sacramento, Calif., was a three-star recruit in 2010 according to Rivals.com.

Mitchell's departure makes the upcoming decision from junior Ifo Ekpre-Olomu that much more important for the Ducks' future. A true junior, Ekpre-Olomu is a projected first-round pick by many draft websites. Mitchell, on the other hand, is regarded as a middle-round pick by most draft experts.

Underclassmen eligible for the draft have until Jan. 15 to declare.

The loss of both cornerbacks would mean Oregon would lose it's entire starting secondary because o the departures of senior safeties Avery Patterson and Brian Jackson.

Junior Erick Dargan is the top returning safety and juniors, Troy Hill and Dior Mathis is the top returning cornerback.