There was no exhaling in the glare of TV floodlights inside the Radio City Music Hall green room or chaos in New York for Eric Pinkins and Terrance Mitchell during the NFL draft.
Instead, they were at home in Sacramento. The defensive backs were selected on the third day of the draft, as expected. Pinkins, from Inderkum High School and San Diego State, went in the sixth round to the Seattle Seahawks, and Mitchell, from Burbank and Oregon, in the seventh round to the Dallas Cowboys.
“Excited and proud,” Pinkins said.
And Mitchell: “Love it. It’s a dream.”
Pinkins played safety for the Aztecs, and the Seahawks plan to convert the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder to cornerback, where coach Pete Carroll likes big, physical players. Pinkins had impressed during his pro-day workout, clocking a 4.4-second 40-yard dash.
“He gives us great flexibility, and we think he’s a really cool pick because of that,” Carroll told Seattle media.
The 5-11, 195-pound Mitchell was disappointed that he lasted until the seventh round but was delighted to go to Dallas, where coaches were surprised he lasted so long. Team owner Jerry Jones made the call to Mitchell.
“He’s a player we had highly graded on our board,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said at a news conference. “Interviewed him at the combine, had a good visit with him there. You value bigger guys at the corner positions, particularly this late in the draft. You want guys who have some traits to develop. We feel like he does.”
Pinkins became the first Inderkum player to be drafted into the NFL. Former Inderkum and American River College wide receiver LaDon Hudson signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent on Monday.www.linemenwingames.com