Mitchell White barely shows up as a blip on the NFL prospect radar. The former walk-on appeared in 43 games for Michigan state but started just two games in his college career, tallying just 26 career tackles and one pass defended. But the Raiders not only saw enough from him to invite him in for a tryout, but were impressed enough in three days of rookie camp to sign him to a contract.
One of his two career starts was his final college game. That final start came in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against TCU. He didn't record a single statistic in the game but the Spartans came from behind for a 17-16 defensive victory over the Horned Frogs.
The 4-year letterman earned his stripes based on his standout special teams play and that is likely what earned him a spot on the Raiders' camp roster.
The 5-11, 184 pound defensive back played mostly at corner but also stepped in at safety. Due to his lack of top flight talent at cornerback, there is a chance he could be pegged for the safety position. The position is thin at the moment so it makes some sense.
We will soon find out where he will line up once he takes the field for OTA's. But regardless of where he lines up, his bread will be buttered by his play on special teams. If he is to make the Raiders roster, that's how he will do it.
One would assume White has great leaping ability due to the fact he was a high-jumper for the Michigan State track team. However, at the MSU pro day he had just a 33 inch vertical leap. He has decent speed, running a 4.42 40-yard dash at his pro day.
Mitchell has an identical twin brother who was also signed to an NFL team this year. His brother Myles was a wide receiver for Lousiana Tech who was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent.