Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

November 24, 2009
Mitchell working at CB, doubts LeBron's claims

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.

About Comments

Reader comments on are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, click the "report abuse" button below it. We will delete comments containing inappropriate links, obscenities, hate speech, and personal attacks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. See more about comments here.

What You Should Know About Comments on is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)

Here are some rules of the road:

• Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "report abuse" button to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.

• Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.

• Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.

• Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand. If you want to discuss an issue with a specific user, click on his profile name and send him a direct message.

• Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.

• Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.

• Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.

• Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.

You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "report abuse" button to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.

If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them, but you may ask our staff to retract one of your comments by sending an email to Again, make sure you note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us your profile name.

hide comments

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.

About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

Raiders stories on

October 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31