With their Ragin' Cajun careers in the rearview mirror, former UL Lafayette tandem Elijah Mitchell and Trey Ragas have their eyes set on achieving their lifelong dream of playing in the NFL.
The running back combo participated in Louisiana’s Pro Day in late March to showcase their talent to a whopping 28 NFL teams that were in attendance.
For Mitchell, it gave him the opportunity to get his name in front of NFL scouts and executives again, after having the chance to take part in the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl in January. The Senior Bowl, an invite-only event, gives players the chance to practice and play in front of all 32 NFL teams, giving under-the-radar athletes the opportunity to show their talent to all in attendance.
Participating in this year’s UL Pro Day, both Mitchell and Ragas put up astounding numbers, hoping to boost their draft stock significantly.
Elijah Mitchell had a near flawless showing, running a 4.32 40-yard dash along with an eye-opening 37.5-inch vertical jump. Among all running backs in this year’s 2021 NFL Draft, Mitchell’s numbers are near the top of every category.
“You look at the broad, the vertical, you look at the 40, the three-cone – these are some of the top numbers at the running back position in the last three, four, or five years,” Head Coach Billy Napier said. “Very impressive and does not surprise me one bit. I think we all know how special Eli Mitchell is. He has a bright future.”
For Ragas, he needed a strong showing in his Pro Day in order to put NFL scouts on notice. He capped off a stout day with a tremendous 23 reps in the bench press, ranking among the best of the running backs in that category.
Ragas will continue his training and conditioning for the NFL draft going into April. “Just getting in football shape,” Ragas said. “No more 40s, no more shuttles, no more verticals. It’s straight football and just getting back in conditioning for camp. I’d like to get drafted. That’s for sure. Whatever opportunity I do get, I’m going to take advantage of it.”
The one-two punch of Ragas and Mitchell put NFL scouts on notice over the course of the last few seasons, but the special 2020-21 season was the icing on the cake for NFL teams, showing these two are not just excellent players but are flat out winners.
Mitchell’s stats rank among the best of them for Ragin Cajun running backs, boasting an incredible 3,267 yards and 41 touchdowns on 527 carries for his UL Lafayette career.
With the NFL Draft just weeks away, Cajun fans have high hopes for both Mitchell and Ragas as the two hope to hear their names called and fulfill their dream of playing in the NFL.