It’s funny how things turn out. After entering the world of the LSU Tigers as a “defensive back” in 2012, Jalen Mills converted to cornerback in 2013 before completing his run in Baton Rouge as a safety in his final two seasons. The two ugliest words in the draft process, “character concerns”, fell on Mills in 2016, and a guy that got second-round grades fell to the “Birds” in Round 6 of 2016’s annual selection meeting.
In that sense, knowing that the Eagles got a guy, converted him from safety to cornerback, and that guy contributed as much as Mills has to the team’s cause has to constitute a win. Since 2016, Mills has appeared in 48 games with 34 starts. He’s tallied 209 total tackles, four interceptions, 37 pass breakups, and a defensive touchdown. There’s also been nothing to justify that he has any issues as a person.
Sure, it can be annoying to see him wag the finger after incomplete passes that he had absolutely nothing to do with, but his coaches love him. So do his teammates. Watch any game where he isn’t present, and then, watch one where he is. You’ll notice something immediately. Mills picks his teammates up and makes the guys around him better. What else can you ask for from a former sixth-rounder? Oh, and by the way, he’s a safety again. The story continues. Grade: B-