FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons have picked
Mississippi State strong safety Charles Mitchell in the middle of
the sixth round of the NFL draft.
Atlanta has three safeties returning from 2011 -- starters Thomas DeCoud and William Moore and backup Shann Schillinger.
Mitchell played in all 50 games of his career and made 37 starts
at safety with Mississippi State.
He is the second defensive player picked by the Falcons in
Saturday's final rounds of the draft. Atlanta chose Troy defensive
end Jonathan Massaquoi in the fifth round.
Mitchell, a team captain at Mississippi State, likely will
compete with Schillinger for a roster spot and must show Falcons coaches he can contribute heavily on special teams
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