On Thursday night, Oregon junior cornerback Terrance Mitchell made it official that he’s decided to forego his senior season and declare for the 2014 NFL draft.
Mitchell’s decision was confirmed by the University of Oregon football program after Yahoo Sports first reported the news.
During a telephone interview, Mitchell said playing at the next level had always been a dream of his which he decided to pursue after the Ducks 30-7 win over Texas in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
“I love Oregon, love everything about it” said Mitchell.
“It wasn’t easy. But at the end of the day, I’ve been there for four years. We’ve been to three big bowls, won three big bowls in a row, accomplished a lot.”
Like most younger players do when considering a move to the next level, Mitchell requested an evaluation from the NFL draft board which came back with a less than favorable assessment which Mitchell didn’t agree with.
“It wasn’t a fair evaluation,” Mitchell explained.
“It came back in like a week and they didn’t have time to break down film. They didn’t get a chance to really dissect what was real. I’ve been an underdog my whole life.”
Much like college, Mitchell arrived with something to prove and said he’ll do the same thing at the NFL level.
“Growing up always being under the radar, coming to Oregon as a three-star and then showing what I can do, that’s what my whole life has been,” Mitchell explained Thursday evening.
“I’m prepared for that. All I know is, when I sit down in front of the scouts, at the combine and what not, they’re going to see.”
With Mitchell’s departure, along with the graduation of safeties Brian Jackson and Avery Patterson, the Oregon secondary is virtually starting over in 2014.
It will be a complete overhaul if indeed Mitchell’s counterpart on the other side, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu also decides to leave Eugene for the NFL.
So far, Ekpre-Olomu has not made a decision about 2014 and has until January 15th to declare.
Mitchell led Oregon in interceptions this season with 5 along with 1 touchdown.
After the Valero Alamo Bowl last Monday, ODFN spoke with Mitchell about the Duck’s win over Texas and asked him about a move to the NFL.
VIDEO: Watch the Terrance Mitchell post game interview by clicking on the image shown above.