The Giants are looking for a quarterback, and they will work out CFL MVP Bo Levi Mitchell, according to TSN’s David William Naylor.
New York is among several teams to scout Mitchell, a 28-year-old who threw for 5,124 yards, 35 touchdowns and 14 interceptions for Grey Cup champion Calgary this season.
A two-time CFL MVP, Mitchell has totaled 24,473 passing yards, 150 touchdowns and 59 interceptions in 104 games for Calgary since 2012, his first pro season after attending Eastern Washington. He has also ran for 723 yards and 14 touchdowns in his career.
While the Giants, currently in line for the No. 9 pick in next year’s NFL draft, could select a quarterback, Mitchell could be a viable option. In fact, former NFL veteran quarterback Jeff Garcia, who started his professional career in the CFL before playing 11 seasons in the NFL, has mentored Mitchell and believes he has what it takes to play in the NFL.
“He has made his mark in the CFL and succeeded in so many ways, and has had such a great career in Calgary,” Garcia said, according to Sportsnet’s Eric Francis. “But if the door opens for him even a tiny crack I think it’s something he has to seriously consider.
“I see Bo much like what a Drew Brees is — a guy who plays in the pocket, not a scrambler, but has great perception and knowledge and studies the game and can make decisions quickly,” Garcia added. “If I’m Bo, that’s the guy I’m trying to emulate. Bo is like me, he’s not going to wow you with his size. It comes down to decision-making and accuracy.”
Mitchell has already worked out for the Bills, Broncos, Bears and Jaguars, and will work out with three more teams, according to Naylor.