June 6, 2018 6:50:39 AM
Every day from 99 days out (May 25) until kickoff, I'll put up a post telling you how many days until kickoff and breaking down something about the upcoming season related to that number.
Today, since we are 87 days away from kickoff, we take a look at: How does MSU's No. 87, Osirus Mitchell, fit into MSU's future at the wide receiver position?
I'm going to be honest, this was easier in the first week of spring practice than it is now.
Let me peel the curtain back a bit: I started this countdown process by trying to brainstorm the ideas for as many blog posts as possible, then started circling back around to writing said ideas. I probably had the idea to write a blog post on No. 87 Osirus Mitchell back in March, when spring practice was either young or hadn't started, and to be frank, I didn't expect to write a glowing review. A crowded wide receiver group that frankly didn't have room for much from him last year was only getting more crowded, so I had a feeling this would be a time to pose some tough questions about Mitchell.
Then I watched him throughout the spring. I've got a different mind-set now.
The only things that are crystal clear about the wide receiver position right now are that Deddrick Thomas and Austin Williams will have their impacts, but that's likely to be from the slot. The perimeter needs help: Jesse Jackson can't do this by himself. Devonta "Whop" Jason sure looks the part, and Mitchell definitely had his moments of doing similar things in the practice periods we were allowed to watch.
When you think about it, this makes some sense: He's a 6-foot-4 wideout with respectable speed for his size, and both attributes are perfect fits for a system like Joe Moorhead's that does a lot vertically in the pass game. I'm not trying to tell you Mitchell is going to be next season's feature receiver -- Moorhead's offenses typically don't have feature receivers -- but if next season ends with Mitchell standing at 30 catches and seven touchdowns, maybe something in the 500 yards range, I certainly won't be surprised.
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