Elijah Mitchell

Elijah Mitchell

26-Year-Old Running BackRB
San Francisco 49ers
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Mitchell showed as a rookie that he has the talent to be a good starting running back in the NFL, but he's struggled to stay healthy even when occupying a backup role. He spent the past year and a half behind the league's pre-eminent workhorse, Christian McCaffrey, who might not have been acquired in the first place if Mitchell had been healthier his first two seasons. The medical problems date back to Mitchell's time at Louisiana Tech and help explain why he was a sixth-round pick in 2021 even after running a 4.38 40 (at 5-10, 201). In any case, he's missed 24 of a possible 51 regular-season games, and San Francisco couldn't resist the temptation of drafting Louisville burner Isaac Guerendo in the fourth round this spring. who not only matches and exceeds Mitchell's speed threat, but does so at roughly 20 pounds heavier. Guerendo is 20 pounds heavier and ran an even faster 40 (4.33), making him a threat to take Mitchell's spot on the depth chart despite never earning a lead-back role during his time at Wisconsin and Louisville. It's enough of a concern to knock Mitchell from the elite-handcuff range he occupied heading into last season. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $3.66 million contract with the 49ers in May of 2021.
Still the No. 2 back
RBSan Francisco 49ers
June 7, 2024
Mitchell remains the clear No. 2 running back for San Francisco, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Lombardi notes that the Niners have a history of trading backup running backs (Matt Breida, Jeff Wilson) when they're happy with their depth at the position. That could be an option this summer, though it's not necessarily likely, with Mitchell in the final year of his contract and a pair of rookies (fourth-round pick Isaac Guerendo, UDFA Cody Schrader) getting work at minicamp. The 49ers also have returning veteran Jordan Mason, but he's mostly played special teams and has never managed to move above Mitchell on the depth chart when Mitchell's been healthy. The long-term plan probably entails Guerendo taking over as the No. 2 RB behind Christian McCaffrey, but Mitchell looks on track to handle the role again this season.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Elijah Mitchell's 2023 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
17.3%
 
Positive Run %
85.3%
 
% Yds After Contact
61.6%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.3
 
Rushing TD %
2.7%
 
Touches Per Game
7.4
 
% Snaps w/Touch
51.3%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-1.6
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.11
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.5%
 
% Team Targets
1.7%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-2.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
75.0%
 
Drop Rate
12.5%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.7
 
% Targeted On Route
15.7%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.27
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Elijah Mitchell's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* All metrics are from his Pro Day (not the combine).
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
200 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.33 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.20 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.94 sec
 
Vertical Jump
37.5 in
 
Broad Jump
128 in
 
Bench Press
17 reps
 
Hand Length
9.50 in
 
Arm Length
31.00 in
 
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Running ahead of rookie
RBSan Francisco 49ers
June 9, 2024
Mitchell remains the top backup to Christian McCaffrey ahead of 2024 fourth-round draft pick Isaac Guerendo, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Mitchell is set to reprise his role as McCaffrey's top backup in 2024, with Guerendo likely to move into that spot in 2025, as Mitchell's contract will expire after the 2024 season. McCaffrey led the NFL with 1,459 rushing yards in 2023, and Mitchell's opportunities will likely remain limited while McCaffrey is healthy, but Mitchell proved capable of handling a starting role with 963 rushing yards as a rookie in 2021.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2022
2021
Mitchell is a starter-level running back when healthy, so it's a shame the majority of his 2022 was wiped out by knee troubles. First, Mitchell sprained his right MCL on a slippery Soldier Field in Week 1, then three games into his return he sprained the left MCL in Week 12. Although he entered the season as San Francisco's clear RB1, Mitchell's fantasy value took a blow greater than either knee injury when the 49ers traded for Christian McCaffrey in October. Good as Mitchell is, he'll never imitate McCaffrey, especially as a pass catcher. Still, Mitchell's sub-4.4 speed plays well off the bench, and the 49ers run often enough at fast enough tempo that there should be a handful of 10-carry weeks for Mitchell even if McCaffrey is at full strength. If McCaffrey misses time, Mitchell would likely have no trouble holding off the likes of Jordan Mason and Tyrion Davis-Price for the starting job -- a role he handled more than capably in the past, apart from repeatedly being forced out with injuries.
The 49ers backfield rarely shakes out the way anyone expects it to, and 2021 was no exception. The fragile Raheem Mostert started off atop the depth chart, with third-round pick Trey Sermon expected to push for touches. Mostert did indeed get hurt just four snaps into Week 1 and missed the rest of the season, but it was sixth-round selection Mitchell who got first crack at filling in. The rookie made it his own, rushing for more than 100 yards and a TD in three of his first five games. The Louisiana-Lafayette product also missed two games during that stretch with a shoulder stinger, setting the tone for the rest of the season as he wound up missing six games in all due to three separate injuries. Mitchell was effective when he played, ranking 12th in YPC (4.7) and fifth in rushing yards per game (87.5) and yards after contact per carry (2.5). While not the most elusive back, Mitchell is both fast (4.39 40 at his pro day) and surprisingly powerful for a 200-pounder (12th in the NFL with 16 broken tackles on run plays). His rookie- year performance was enough to solidify him as the leader of San Francisco's backfield heading into the summer, albeit with durability concerns and the possibility of losing some work — especially on passing downs — to Sermon, Jeff Wilson, JaMycal Hasty or third-round rookie Tyrion Davis-Price. Maybe this is the year coach Kyle Shanahan does the completely unexpected thing and sticks with his initial depth chart.
The 49ers selected Mitchell in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, but the late pick doesn't mean he can't have an immediate impact in the league. With a 5-10, 200-pound frame and 4.33 speed out of the backfield, the Louisiana product could carve out a specialty role for the 49ers (or another team if he doesn't make the cut).
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Cashes in short touchdown
RBSan Francisco 49ers
January 31, 2024
Mitchell had four carries for seven yards and a touchdown Sunday in the 49ers' 34-31 win over the Lions in the NFC Championship Game.
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Starts in place of CMC
RBSan Francisco 49ers
January 8, 2024
Mitchell rushed for 52 yards and a touchdown on 14 attempts while catching both of his targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 21-20 loss to the Rams.
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Cleared to face Rams
RBSan Francisco 49ers
January 5, 2024
Mitchell (illness) doesn't have a game designation for Sunday against the Rams, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Limited in return to practice
RBSan Francisco 49ers
Illness
January 4, 2024
Mitchell (illness) was limited at practice Thursday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
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Comes down with illness
RBSan Francisco 49ers
Illness
January 3, 2024
Mitchell didn't practice Wednesday due to an illness, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
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