Mel Mitchell is a National Football League safety and special teams coverage unit player for the New England Patriots. He was born in February 10, 1979 in Rockledge, Florida. Mitchell is "6-1" (tall) and weighs 225 pounds.
The New Orleans Saints drafted Mitchell in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. In his rookie season with the Saints he played in 16 games, mostly on special teams, and made 14 total tackles, blocked a punt and forced and recovered a fumble. The following year (2003), Mel set out the entire season with a knee injury. In 2004 he rebounded from sitting out in 2003 to becoming a special teams monster. In the 2004 season he blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown and also led the Saints with an amazing 29 special teams coverage unit tackles. For his effort that year he was named as the 2004 Sports Illustrated All-Pro team special teams player. In 2005 Mitchell played in 13 games with the Saints and made 11 total tackles. Becoming a free agent in 2006, Mel signed with the New England Patriots and was expected to contribute on special teams and as a backup safety but he injured himself (torn bicep tendon) in the Patriots Training Camp and was put on the Patriots injury reserve list ending his 2006 season . He is currently signed with the Patriots to a contract that extends to the end of the 2007 season.
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