How Did Carlton Mitchell Become a Wide Receiver?

CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 2: Carlton Mitchell #18 of the Cleveland Browns pulls in a catch against Cornelius Brown #39 of the Chicago Bears during the preseason game on September 2 2010 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland Ohio. The Browns defeated the Bears 13-10. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The folks over at Browns Beat scored a one-on-one interview with Cleveland Browns receiver Carlton Mitchell. We didn't have a chance to see much of last year's sixth round pick during the 2010 campaign as he was buried too deep on the depth chart, but with a new coaching staff and a new offensive system in 2011 he will have the opportunity to stand out.

During the interview, Mitchell talked about how he became a wide receiver (it wasn't something he planned on) during his sophomore year of high school:

Mitchell: "I was actually very much a baseball guy. I played pitcher, first, and center. I was very close to El Duque, when he played for the New York Yankees. I had the same pitching style as he did. I also ran track. I once ran a 4.28 40 yard dash at track practice, and I actually broke the 400 record during my freshman year at USF. But for football, the guys just kept telling me to go out for the team. The coach asked me what position I played, and I honestly didn't know, so they put me at punter. One day I jumped to catch a bad snap and took it down the sideline, and next thing you know, I'm a receiver."

Be sure to check out the rest of the interview; there are a lot of fun questions in there. I'm enjoying some of the offseason entertainment that Mitchell has been providing.

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