Malcolm Mitchell was taken by the Patriots in the fourth round Saturday. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
FOXBORO — Malcolm Mitchell penned a children’s book a few years back, drawing on his own inspirational story. Now, he’s looking to author another amazing tale.
The fourth round pick of the Patriots (112th overall), who caught 174 passes for 2,350 yards and 16 touchdowns over the course of his career at the University of Georgia, is aiming to make the transition to the National Football League.
“It’s exciting. An opportunity that you can only play and hope for. For me to get that opportunity. I’m truly thankful,” he said shortly after New England called his name in the draft. “It’s my job to come up there and work as hard as I can to show that they made a good decision.”
Mitchell, who spent some time as a cornerback in high school and as a returner briefly in college, starred for three years at Georgia. But he also gained a measure of notoriety for his off-field work. His love to reading led to him join a book club. He also authored a book of his own.
“The book club is awesome,” he said. “The book club helped me grow into a better individual. A person who learns and grows throughout life in general. I joined the book club two or three years ago. From there, it just grew into this story. Honestly, it was an innocent interaction that I had with someone in a bookstore that grew into the story today.”
When it comes to Mitchell’s love of reading, there’s a backstory, as he struggled to lean how to read as a youngster. He was asked if he anticipated any issues with picking up the responsibilities needed to survive and thrive in the New England offense.
“I appreciate the question,” he said. “I took a visit with the Patriots, and we went over several different things to see if I would be a good fit for their system. For them to pick me up lets me know that they have confidence in me to make that adjustment and to learn what I have learn to be the most effective player I can be on the field.”
Mitchell is more familiar with the area than many draftees — he took a pre-draft visit with the Patriots, and also spent a part of last spring working as an intern with The Markley Group.
“When I came up there for a team visit,” he said, “I loved every bit of it.
“I’m looking forward to coming up there and playing,” he added. “I told the Patriots I’m willing to do anything I need to to help the team any way I can. Regardless of if I have to play on offense. Any special teams. I’ll fill up the water if they need me to.”