"So New York, New York, becomes tight end, tight end."
In the 1992 NFL Draft, the Jets took University of Nebraska tight end Johnny Mitchell in the first round. They wanted to find an asset in the passing game to last for years. Mitchell lasted four years in New York. He actually put up decent numbers in his second and third years and showed some signs of development. He had 58 catches for 749 yards in 1994.
Mitchell's production fell off a cliff a year later. Part of it was due to the Kotite regime's inexplicable first round pick of Kyle Brady to play the same position. If Mitchell was really that good, though, he would have found a way to stay in the lineup and produce. He certainly would have lasted more than one more season in the league after leaving the Jets and registered more than 1 catch. Johnny's inability to make big plays and propensity to drop passes did him in.
He is now an NFL television analyst in the UK.
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