The Indianapolis Colts today claimed cornerback Tevin Mitchel and waived safety Robert Smith.
Mitchel, 6-0, 190 pounds, was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round (182nd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He was waived/injured by the Redskins on August 5th with a shoulder injury and is expected to miss the season.
He played in 42 games (29 starts) over his collegiate career at Arkansas and finished with 157 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, 18 passes defensed, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and four interceptions (one returned for a touchdown). As a senior in 2014, he saw action in 11 games (five starts) and registered 20 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss, two interceptions and eight passes defensed. Mitchel tied for the team lead in interceptions and ranked second in passes defensed. In 2013, Mitchel started 10-of-11 games and made 47 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, one interception and five passes defensed. He played in eight games (seven starts) as a sophomore and recorded 34 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one interception. Mitchel was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2011 after appearing in all 13 games (seven starts) for the Razorbacks and finishing with 56 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery. His total tackles ranked third among SEC freshmen and sixth on the team.
Smith, 5-10, 210 pounds, originally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2015. He played in 53 career games (24 starts) at Clemson and registered 182 tackles, four interceptions and seven passes defensed.
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