Photo of Jalen Mills
Drafted By: Eagles

Combine Results

Grade
5.3 ?
  • 4.61 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 16 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 37.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 123.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.86 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.00 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.53 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Here's a player who slid because of injury and maturity concerns. His film shows a Day 2 nickel with starter instincts and versatility. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'0" Height
  • 31 1/8" Arm Length
  • 191LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/8" Hands

Overview

In August, Mills fractured his left fibula (leg) and tore ligaments in his ankle. So he took a redshirt year, right? Wrong. He came back to play in six games, starting the final five at nickelback or safety (30 tackles, sack, three pass breakups). Mills' toughness wasn’t surprising given his strength as a tackler (62 stops in 2014) and the hands to create turnovers consistently (six interceptions in his first three years). LSU is known for the talent in their secondary, but that didn't stop Mills from starting at cornerback as a true freshman (57 tackles, two INT, five PBU) after Tyrann Mathieu was dismissed from the team. Though scouts will love his versatility, they have questions about an arrest for second-degree battery of a woman in the summer of 2014 (the charges were eventually reduced to a misdemeanor and he was assigned to a diversion program).


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.48 seconds

Analysis

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 isn’t 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.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6 or 7

Sources Tell Us

"I think he'll be a long-time player in the league because he has pretty good feel in coverage, but I also don't think he's a safety at all. He's a slot corner." -- AFC West scout

NFL Comparison

Lamarcus Joyner

Bottom Line

Mills was injured in the off­season and missed some time early in the season while recovering from a fractured fibula. Mills isn’t as physical as teams would like in run support but will do what he has to. In man coverage, he's rock ­solid until he has to chase vertical jack­rabbits and then it can get a little dicey. Mills will probably get action in sub ­packages early on, but might not be the every-­down player that some expect.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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