Could Rookie Jalen Mills be a Late Round Steal?
When the Eagles selected Eric Rowe last year with their second round draft choice, the Eagles hoped they had found a long, physical corner they could count on right away - the rookie started just five games, while he has upside, the Eagles clearly wanted to add competition for his position.
Two days into Organized Team Activities this year, new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is throwing some praise towards a new rookie cornerback, Jalen Mills, the team’s sixth round pick out of LSU, was taking plenty of first-team reps ahead of Rowe on Tuesday.
The team brought in two former Bills, Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks who both got first-team reps on the depth chart at OTA's. It's worth noting both are reuniting with Schwartz, who coordinated the Bills' defense in 2014, when they had their best seasons.
While Schwartz says there is no depth chart right now, Mills has impressed and according to Schwartz, has good athletic ability and the ability to be on an island and it’s not just lip service coming from Schwartz. He’s throwing the 6-foot, 191-pounder into the fire right away with Rowe, Brooks and McKelvin.
"He's been impressive so far," Schwartz said when talking about Mills. "But we haven't really even started yet, to tell you the truth. He's got a lot to learn, and his head's probably swimming a little bit. But what he has shown is he's a very good athlete. He can play the ball, and he's comfortable being on an island. I think if you were check-marking things for corners, those would be three near or at the top."
Can Mills be a late-round steal?
Scott Wright of Draftcountdown.com had him ranked as his 63rd best player in the draft, a second round grade. And hearing the way Schwartz talks about the sixth rounder - the Eagles might have found a late-round gem.