Terrance Mitchell II (born May 17, 1992) is an American football cornerback for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). The Dallas Cowboys drafted him in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon.
Mitchell attended Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California, where he played cornerback and running back for the Burbank Titans high school football team. As a senior, he earned Metro League Offensive MVP honors after registering 2,360 all-purpose yards, 48 receptions, and 24 touchdowns. He received All-Metro honors after he tallied six interceptions, a forced fumble, and one blocked field goal on defense.
He also lettered in basketball. Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was listed as the No. 33 cornerbacks in the nation in 2010.
Mitchell accepted a scholarship to play football for the University of Oregon. He earned the starting left cornerback job as a redshirt freshman, registering 45 tackles, ten passes defended (sixth in the Pac-12), two interceptions, and three forced fumbles. The next year, he tallied 40 tackles (ninth on the team), and eight passes defended. As a Junior, he finished with 59 tackles (ninth on the team), seven passes defended, five interceptions (led the team), and one forced fumble.
On January 2, 2014, he announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. He finished his collegiate career with 38 starts in 40 games, 144 tackles, seven interceptions, 25 passes defended (tied for 10th place in school history), and four forced fumbles.
Dallas Cowboys (May 2014-September 2014)
The Dallas Cowboys selected Mitchell in the seventh round (254th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. Mitchell was the 33rd and final cornerback drafted. His fall in the draft was speculated to be due to his performance at the NFL Combine, as teams deemed him too slow to play cornerback.
On May 15, 2014, the Dallas Cowboys signed Mitchell to a four-year contract.
Chicago Bears (September 2014-November 2015)
On September 1, 2014, the Chicago Bears signed Mitchell to their practice squad. On October 13, 2014, the Chicago Bears elevated Mitchell to their active roster. Still, they remained inactive as a healthy scratch for the last ten games.
Dallas Cowboys (December 2015-June 2016)
On December 2, 2015, he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys to the practice squad. With cornerback Orlando Scandrick out with a season-ending knee injury and Tyler Patmon struggling, Mitchell was promoted to the active roster on December 18. He was named the team's nickel cornerback.
In his first game against the New York Jets, he registered a pass defended and an interception, becoming one of two cornerbacks on the team to have an interception on the year. Against the Washington Redskins he sacked quarterback Colt McCoy, forcing a fumble. He registered 12 tackles in three games, one sack, one interception, and two passes defended.
In 2016, he was used at nickel back and safety during Organized Team Activities
Kansas City Chiefs (September 2016-March 2018)
On September 6, 2016, Mitchell was signed to the Kansas City Chiefs' practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster on October 18, 2016. He was released on November 8, 2016 and signed to the practice squad the next day. He was promoted back to the active roster on November 25 to be the third cornerback.
In 2017, he began the season as a starter at right cornerback for seven games in place of an injured Steven Nelson. In Week 3, he recorded two interceptions and nine tackles in a 24–10 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. His performance against the Chargers was the first multi-interception game of his professional career. On October 30, Nelson was activated to play against the Denver Broncos, and Mitchell returned to a backup role behind Kenneth Acker. He finished with nine stars out of 15 appearances and four interceptions.
Cleveland Browns (March 2018 – Present)
On March 15, 2018, Mitchell signed a three-year contract with the Cleveland Browns, reuniting with John Dorsey. The latter was the general manager with the Chiefs. Mitchell started the first four games of the 2018 season before suffering a broken forearm in Week 4. He was placed on injured reserve on October 2, 2018. He was activated off injured reserve on December 8, 2018.
In 2020, Terrance Mitchell help lead the Cleveland Browns to their first playoff win in eighteen years. He finished the season with 78 total tackles, three forced fumbles, thirteen pass deflections and over 1070 snaps played.