By Annie Ross

Eagles coach Doug Pederson is bullish on rookie cornerback Jalen Mills.

The Eagles drafted Mills in the seventh round, and through OTAs and minicamp, he has looked more like a much higher-round selection..

Mills has gotten a fair amount of work with the first team. While defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said that move was because he wanted to see Mills against better receivers, there’s a reason for that.

Mills looks like he can play. For a team that has a wide-open situation at cornerback, that would be a major asset.

“You know what, I love his competitiveness,” Pederson said this week. “I love the aggression that he has playing that position, and he doesn’t back down from any of our veteran receivers or tight ends or any of the guys that you normally might see on a normal basis might do that. He’s challenging guys. He’s got great quickness and transition in and out of breaks. Smart kid, eager to learn. Those are things that really have stood out with me.”

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