Mitchell Jeter – Defensive Tackle – Senior – The Citadel
Alex Khvatov: What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
Mitchell Jeter: 6’0, 298 and the last time I ran a 4.9.
Alex Khvatov: Where are you currently training for the 2016 NFL Draft?
Mitchell Jeter: At the Pro Performance in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. I have been there since the all-star game.
Alex Khvatov: What do you hope to show scouts at your Pro Day?
Mitchell Jeter: My pro day is on March 31st. I want to show that I can compete with everyone else. I want to run a 4.8. I am not as tall as some other guys, but I make up for it with my speed. I want to make a name for myself.
Alex Khvatov: How was your overall experience at the Tropic Bowl.
Mitchell Jeter: It was a great experience to play with guys from Florida State, North Carolina and Georgia. I felt like I did pretty good. I was one of the better defensive linemen there.
Alex Khvatov: What type of feedback did you receive from scouts at that all-star game?
Mitchell Jeter: I talked to the scout from Kansas City a couple of times and the Patriots. They gave out little handouts and asked about playing at the Tropic Bowl.
Alex Khvatov: Why did you choose Citadel?
Mitchell Jeter: On my visit, it felt more like home. I was how close players were. My NFL career has never been assured, but I knew that I could get a job coming out of the Citadel.
Alex Khvatov: Describe your overall college career.
Mitchell Jeter: Going into my junior year, we got a new coaching staff. The atmosphere changed. We bonded more. We were playing on the field like brothers. My best season was definitely my senior year. I ended up being a SoCon Defensive Player of the Year. I had nine sacks, around 24 TFL’s and 50 tackles.
Alex Khvatov: What was the biggest reason behind your breakout senior season?
Mitchell Jeter: Just the defense as a whole, we had another year together. We played more as a team.
Alex Khvatov: What are your strengths?
Mitchell Jeter: Great explosiveness, quickness and I am really strong.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game are you trying to improve upon?
Mitchell Jeter: Probably using my hands better coming off the ball. My hands are not where they need to be. I started doing boxing. My DL coach at the Citadel still helps me. We do a lot of fieldwork. He introduced me to boxing.
Alex Khvatov: What is the highlight of your career up to this point?
Mitchell Jeter: Winning the Championship my senior year. The first road playoff game when we played Coastal Carolina. We were on defense. Joe Crochet came around the corner and stripped the QB. I scooped up the ball and ran for a couple of yards. We kicked the field goal. It was our first road playoff win in a long time.
Alex Khvatov: What is your favorite NFL team?
Mitchell Jeter: The Panthers. I am from Rock Hill.
Alex Khvatov: Who is your favorite NFL player?
Mitchell Jeter: Definitely Ndamukong Suh.
Alex Khvatov: What separates you from the other players at your position?
Mitchell Jeter: My work effort. I am a team player. I will do anything for the team.
Alex Khvatov: What is the most important trait for a DL?
Mitchell Jeter: It is definitely explosiveness, getting of the ball and hand speed.
Alex Khvatov: What players on your team should we keep an eye on next season?
Mitchell Jeter: Joe Crochet. He switches from DE and LB. CB Dee Delaney and LB Tevin Floyd.
Alex Khvatov: What do you enjoy most about football?
Mitchell Jeter: Just the atmosphere of the game.
Alex Khvatov: What are your hobbies?
Mitchell Jeter: I do like to fish and work out. I like to play with my dog.
Alex Khvatov: What do you want to do with your life after your football career is over?
Mitchell Jeter: I majored in sports management. I want to open up my own gym.
Alex Khvatov: Finish the sentence, Mitchell Jeter is….
Mitchell Jeter: The next athlete who is trying to take it to the next level because I have the skill set to do it.