Malcolm Mitchell (born July 20, 1993) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). The Patriots drafted him in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 112th overall. He played college football at the University of Georgia.
A graduate of Valdosta High School in Valdosta, Georgia, Mitchell played at the University of Georgia from 2011 to 2015.
In 2011, as a true freshman, Mitchell was a Freshman All-SEC. He caught 45 receptions for 665 yards (14.8 average) with a long of 71 yards and 4 touchdowns. Mitchell missed three games with a hamstring injury, but still finished fourth in the SEC in receiving yards per game.
In 2012, during his sophomore season at Georgia, he played in 13 games making nine starts, and was second on the team with 572 receiving yards on 40 catches and played on defense through the fourth game of the season. Mitchell was the recipient of the Charley Trippi Most Versatile Player award. Mitchell practiced at cornerback and spent time there throughout spring practice as well.
In 2013, Mitchell redshirted after tearing his ACL in the first quarter of the first game of the season against Clemson. In 2014, Mitchell played in 8 games, making only 3 starts and caught 31 passes for 248 yards; he won the team's Comeback Player of the Year award.
In 2015, as a redshirt senior, Mitchell started all 13 games and was named an offensive captain. Mitchell caught 58 receptions for 865 yards (14.9 average). Off the field, Mitchell earned the David Jacobs Award, given annually to the player who best portrays courage, spirit, character and determination; the Haier Achievement Award, the SEC Community Service Team, and the 2016 Community Spirit Award. When he graduated, he ranked third in school history with 174 receptions for 2,350 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Mitchell was selected in the fourth round (112th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.
On May 5, 2016, the Patriots signed Mitchell to a four-year, $2.91 million rookie contract that included a signing bonus of $577,992.
Mitchell was selected, alongside veterans Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan, to be a starting wide receiver to begin the season, beating out Danny Amendola. He started the Patriots' season opener against the Arizona Cardinals and caught two passes for a total of 33 yards from Jimmy Garoppolo.
On November 20, 2016, Mitchell caught his first career touchdown reception from Tom Brady, a 56-yard score in a victory over the San Francisco 49ers. He finished the game with four catches, 98 receiving yards, and one touchdown. A week later, at the New York Jets, Mitchell had his first two-touchdown game, catching five passes for 42 receiving yards and two touchdowns. On December 4, 2016, Mitchell caught a season-high eight passes for 82 receiving yards in a 26–10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. Mitchell finished his rookie season with 32 receptions for 401 yards and four touchdowns. In Super Bowl LI, against the Atlanta Falcons, Mitchell had 6 catches for 70 yards. The Patriots trailed 28–3 in the third quarter, but rallied to win the game 34–28 in the first overtime game and the largest comeback in Super Bowl history.
Mitchell was not a strong reader when he began college, then reading only at a junior high level, but he grew to love reading; even joining a woman's reading club and promoting literacy among youth. He is more proud of his reading accomplishments than of making it to the Super Bowl.
In 2016, Mitchell released his first book, The Magician's Hat. This children's picture book features David, the Magician, who loves to perform magic. David knows the magical power of books, which can explore dreams and develop creativity.