Rookie Jalen Mills Impressed During Eagles OTAs
Last year it was JaCorey Shepherd, a sixth-round pick that created some buzz in Philadelphia Eagles’ offseason workouts, now seventh-round cornerback Jalen Mills outperformed 2015 second-rounder Eric Rowe.
Shepherd's season ended before it even started last year, he had earned training camp reps with the starters at slot corner before tearing his ACL in August.
This year, the Eagles are hoping they found something special in Mills, a guy who some draft experts had a second-round grade on. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson discussed what has impressed him thus far about the sixth-round pick.
"You know what, I love his competitiveness," Pederson explained.
"I love the aggression that he has playing that position and he doesn't back down from any of our veteran receivers or tight ends or any of the guys that you normally might see on a normal basis might do that. He's challenging guys."
Mills played corner, safety and nickel back while at LSU, and so far he has shown the versatility and play-making ability that he displayed in college.
"He's got great quickness and transition in and out of breaks; smart kid; eager to learn," Pederson stated. "Those are things that really have stood out with me."
During his college career, Mills registered eight career tackles for loss and six interceptions over his 44 starts, making him someone to keep an eye on once training camp starts.