MOBILE, Ala. — Jalen Mills wanted everyone to know two things Tuesday morning prior to his first Senior Bowl practice of the week.
The former LSU defensive back weighed in at 194 pounds and was a touch above six feet. Once he processed through the weigh-in he spoke about his ability to play multiple positions.
According to Pro Football Focus, Mills played 73 percent of his snaps last season with the Tigers covering the slot receiver. He allowed a completion percentage of 60 percent, but enjoyed a favorable 17 percent forced incompletion rate. Only one Senior Bowl cornerback — Houston’s William Jackson — forced a higher incompletion rate.
Mills wanted everyone to know he was more than a defensive back pigeon-holed at the slot position.
“I can line up at boundary corner, field corner, strong safety, free safety and also in the nickel package,” Mills said, referring to himself as “a versatile guy.”
He also addressed a drop in his interception rate from three in 2013 to one in 2014 and zero last year.
According to Mills, quarterbacks started throwing away from him during his junior and senior seasons. How often was he avoided?
“Most of the time,” Mills said. “It wasn’t as much my freshman year, my sophomore year because they were really trying to test me to see if I could play in the SEC.”
Mills is likely a Day 2 pick during the NFL draft and will need to show that cover skills really were the reason why quarterbacks avoided throwing the ball his way in 2015.
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