By Steve Kelly
Eagles training camp doesn’t start for another 22 days — July 28 —but the anticipation is already building about former LSU defensive back Jalen Mills, whom they drafted in the seventh round (No.233 overall).
There were some off the field concerns that caused him to drop, but Howie Roseman and the Eagles brass were willing to bring Mills aboard.
On the field, there is no question Mills can help the team. He showed it while competing in the SEC and put his talent on display at the Senior Bowl. It carried over to minicamp and OTAs.
Look how the Draft Wire views Mills:
Mills’ best fit at the next level could be at safety, where I gave him a third-round grade as the No. 8 safety prospect in this draft class, but he also has the skills to be an effective nickel corner.
Mills has already made an impression on Jim Schwartz and Doug Pederson in his short time in Philly.
On the other hand, the Draft Wire rated 3rd round (79th overall) pick Isaac Seumalo as their selection for the biggest reach.
This pick certainly filled one of the Eagles’ bigger needs along the interior of the offensive line but based I had a Day 3 grade on Seumalo and felt he came off the board a couple of rounds too early. I think Philly could have done better at this spot, whether it be with another offensive lineman or at a different position of need.
Seumalo is a player the Eagles coveted. They like how he can play any position on the offensive line. Both Roseman and Pederson have said they expect Seumalo to compete for a starting spot.