The Eagles got a good one in Jalen Mills in the latter portion of the NFL Draft, at least on the field (more on that to come). Mills is talented. He ran a 4.48 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine. He easily could have gone in the latter portion of the 5th and 6th round. Mills was a standout safety at LSU but ultimately I believe he transitions to corner in the NFL. As mentioned in our last draft blog regarding Blake Countess, the Eagles defensive backfield will have some jobs available.
Mills is no choir boy off the field. He was arrested in 2014 for assault for allegedly punching a women. Charges were later dropped as Mills completed counseling and a court mandating class. It’s evident with a slew of later round draft picks the Eagles thought they needed to take some chances on some character guys. Smallwood and Mills aren’t the only guys with issues as we move forward with this draft class.
Here are Jalen Mills strengths and weaknesses from NFL.com -STRENGTHS Four-year starter from deep, talented conference. Has slot cover ability. Hips are loose and he’s able to open and mirror receivers from press. Uses crisp, controlled footwork out of his transitions. Locates the deep pass and can turn to make plays on the ball. Very aware from zone and handles his responsibilities without many busts. Good blitzer from the slot.
WEAKNESSES Thin-waisted with a finesse frame.Takes iffy angles to the ball and isnt as committed in run support as evaluators would like. Was not a productive tackler near the line of scrimmage. Mix and match traits might have him caught between slot corner and free safety. Lacks desired speed to carry vertical threats. Shows some confusion on combo routes – NFL.com.
Sources: NFL.com, philadelphiaeagles.com (Picture)
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