Rookie safety Mike Mitchell, whose second-round selection from Ohio was derided by so many draft critics, has been taking practice reps at cornerback. And it's not that big of an adjustment for him, he said.
He was converted to safety in college, "because I was a hitter," he said.
And now, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James popping off that he could "be really good" as an NFL pass catcher, the thought of seeing the reigning NBA MVP coming across the middle has Mitchell smiling, while itching to lay a lick. And not just because Mitchell became a fan of James while going to school at Ohio.
"It would be cool," Mitchell said. "If he wants to do it, let him come out here and see if he can do it. It's not as easy as it looks. But obviously, he's a great athlete, a world-class athlete, gold medalist in the Olympics, so we'll see."
Mitchell, though, agreed with the likes of New Orleans tight end Jeremy Shockey and other football players who intimated James' claims were insulting.
"Yeah, that (James) could just drop in and do it, it really is (insulting) but, you know, basketball players, they do that," Mitchell said with a smile.
"Like I said," Mitchell added, "he's a great athlete, but I can't just go and be the best shooter in the NBA so I don't think he's going to be able to come in here and, I mean, he can maybe be on the practice squad, but I don't think he's going to be an elite receiver in the league his first year."
Uh-oh, if offended NFL players aren't careful, they run the risk of King James not shaking their hands. Wait, he doesn't do that after losses anyway.