Elijah Mitchell

Elijah Mitchell

24-Year-Old Running BackRB
San Francisco 49ers
Questionable
Injury Knee
Est. Return 8/1/2022
2022 Fantasy Outlook
It seems like every season, the 49ers' backfield doesn't shake out the way anyone expects it to, and 2021 was no exception. The fragile Raheem Mostert headed into the campaign atop the depth chart, but it was assumed the team had used a third-round pick on Trey Sermon to push him for touches. Mostert did indeed get hurt just four snaps into Week 1 and was sidelined for the rest of the season, but it was sixth-round selection Mitchell that got first crack at the starting role. The rookie made it his own, rushing for over 100 yards and a touchdown in three of his first six starts. The Louisiana product also missed two games during that stretch with a shoulder stinger, setting the tone for the rest of the season as Mitchell wound up missing six games in total to three separate injuries. Mitchell has some similarities to a former Kyle Shanahan back in Tevin Coleman, as both players possess plus speed and good size but lack elusiveness. Mitchell's lower pad level gives him a better ability to bounce off the first defender though, and his 2.5 yards after contact per carry ranked fifth in the league. He'll head into 2022 with essentially the same profile Mostert had last offseason as a big-play threat who might have trouble staying healthy, and facing competition from a rookie in third-round pick Ty Davis-Price. Maybe this is the year the San Francisco backfield does the completely unexpected thing and sticks with its initial depth chart. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $3.66 million contract with the 49ers in May of 2021.
Opts for offseason knee procedure
RBSan Francisco 49ers
Knee
April 25, 2022
Mitchell said Monday that he underwent a cleanup procedure on his knee following his rookie season, but he expects to be 100 percent in advance of training camp, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Mitchell was a fixture on the 49ers' injury reports throughout the 2021 campaign, with a combination of the knee, shoulder and rib injuries as well as a concussion keeping him sidelined for six of San Francisco's 20 contests, including the postseason. The knee issue first popped up in early December, but Mitchell continued to fill a lead role out of the 49ers backfield when he was available for the final five games, as he amassed 373 rushing yards, 68 receiving yards and two scores over those contests. His efficiency took a big hit, however, as he averaged 4.6 yards per carry through his first nine contests, compared to only 3.8 yards per carry in his final five appearances. Mitchell is hopeful that the knee procedure along with adding some extra bulk -- he plans to play at around 215 pounds in 2022 after hovering around 212 as a rookie -- will allow him to recapture the success he enjoyed during the early portion of 2021.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Elijah Mitchell's 2021 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
13.5%
 
Positive Run %
82.1%
 
% Yds After Contact
62.3%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.9
 
Rushing TD %
2.4%
 
Touches Per Game
20.5
 
% Snaps w/Touch
53.2%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-1.5
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.04
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.4%
 
% Team Targets
4.0%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-0.9 Yds
 
Catch Rate
95.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
8.2
 
% Targeted On Route
12.4%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.85
 
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2021 Elijah Mitchell Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Elijah Mitchell's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* All metrics are from his Pro Day (not the combine).
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
215 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.33 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.20 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.94 sec
 
Vertical Jump
37.5 in
 
Broad Jump
128 in
 
Bench Press
17 reps
 
Hand Length
9.50 in
 
Arm Length
31.00 in
 
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2021 Fantasy Outlook
The 49ers selected Mitchell in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, but the late pick doesn't mean he can't have an immediate impact in the league. With a 5-10, 200-pound frame and 4.33 speed out of the backfield, the Louisiana product could carve out a specialty role for the 49ers (or another team if he doesn't make the cut).
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Gains 70 total yards in loss
RBSan Francisco 49ers
January 30, 2022
Mitchell rushed 11 times for 20 yards and caught all three targets for 50 yards in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Rams.
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Ready for Sunday
RBSan Francisco 49ers
January 28, 2022
Mitchell (knee) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's NFC Championship Game at the Rams, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Limited Thursday
RBSan Francisco 49ers
Knee
January 27, 2022
Mitchell (knee) will be a limited practice participant Thursday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Not practicing Wednesday
RBSan Francisco 49ers
Knee
January 26, 2022
Mitchell (knee) won't participate in Wednesday's practice, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Gains 71 yards on 20 touches
RBSan Francisco 49ers
January 22, 2022
Mitchell rushed 17 times for 53 yards and caught three of four targets for 18 more yards in Saturday's 13-10 playoff win over the Packers.
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