Former Oregon State S Lance Mitchell had surgery on his lower abdomen right after the season in the last week of November, and is now recovering at home in Pasadena, Calif., while he plays with his daughter.
Mitchell played all season in pain, but was still an impact player with two interceptions, six pass breakups and 76 tackles, which was third on the team. He has been slowed by groin and abdomen issues the last two years.
“We are in the swing things doing rehab,” Mitchell said. “There’s a 97-98 percent chance I’ll be ready to go full speed by the middle of January.”
The lack of a bowl game helped Mitchell. If the Beavers played in one this season he would delayed his surgery and recovery. Now he has a chance to train at one of the high-end training facilities so he’s ready to work out for NFL scouts .
Mitchell is ranked the No. 26 safety in the draft by NFL Draft Countdown. If healthy, he would be ranked higher.
“Hopefully, I can get right and get an invite to the NFL combine (in February), if not I’ll look forward to OSU’s pro day (in March),” Mitchell said.
There’s a chance he’ll be invited to a postseason all-star game, which is a week-long showcase for NFL scouts with the practice. He’s interested if he’s healthy enough. They are in sprinkled out in January and February.
“I’m not nervous about the situation I’m in,” Mitchell said. “I’m felling good about the surgery. I’m jogging now, and trying to get my mind right. I’m pretty confident I’ll be ready with the time I have.”