July 13, 2016
Leading up to training camp, as we did last year, we'll be comparing each of the Eagles' rookies to current NFL players. In case you missed the first five Eagles draft pick comps, you can find them below:
Today we'll find a comp for CB Jalen Mills.
One player who had similar circumstances as Mills coming out of college was former Eagles seventh-round pick Jordan Poyer, who is now a safety for the Cleveland Browns. Like Mills, Poyer was thought of at one time during his final season in college as a potential second- or third-round pick. However, off-the-field incidents and poor showings at the Combine hurt their respective draft stocks. Both players ended up being taken in the seventh round.
A look at Mills' and Poyer's measurables:
|Measurables||Jalen Mills||Jordan Poyer|
|Arm length||31 1/8||31 3/4|
|Hand size||9 1/8||9 3/4|
|10 yard dash||1.58||1.51|
|40 yard dash||4.61||4.54|
|Vertical jump||37||30 1/2|
|20 yard shuttle||4.00||4.20|
|60 yard shuttle||11.53||11.51|
As you can see, Mills and Poyer have identical height-weight measurements. In terms of athletic measurables, Poyer's bench press and vertical jump numbers were horrendous, while Mills' 40 time of 4.61 surely scared teams off.
This is a very imperfect comp, as Poyer moved to safety, whereas Mills is likely to be a corner or nothing. Poyer showed a willingness to stick his nose in and make tough tackles, whereas Mills has too many moments on film in which he's content to watch his teammates finish the job. You can get away with that as a corner if you can cover, but it's unacceptable at safety. Additionally, Poyer had better interception numbers in college, although both players possess good instincts.
Both Mills and Poyer play with a lot of confidence, which makes sense for Mills, considering he was a four-year contributor in the SEC at LSU. A list of receivers drafted into the NFL that Mills played against during his college career at LSU:
Plus he played against Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry every day in practice.
Mills got an extended look as the nickel corner with the first-team defense in OTAs and minicamp, and he looks like he might be a player. He played with confidence, trusted what he saw, and often got his hands on the football. He didn't look at all like a rookie. Now let's see what he can do when they put the pads on.
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