The Bears added another offensive lineman to the roster with their fifth round pick by selecting Jordan Mills with the 163rd pick in the draft after trading down ten spots.
The team's first round pick was spent on Kyle Long, but where Long is an extremely high-upside, athletic and agile lineman, Mills is a power man.
Here's what NFL.com has to say about him:
STRENGTHS Mills has tremendous size and power in his upper and lower body. Mills is always hustling, and doesn't stop working until the whistle blows. He shows good awareness on stunts and sells play action passes very well. Mills has a very good first step. Takes a powerful inside step to cut off defenders. Showcases this step and balance on seal and reach blocks. Coordinated, with a good pass set.
The National Football Post cites him as needing to improve his conditioning and his technique to earn a starter's job.
SUMMARY - Jordan Mills turned scouts' heads during Senior Bowl practices, as he made an immediate impact with his physicality and desire to finish every play with his man on the ground. However, his film at Louisiana Tech was not as impressive, as he displayed poor conditioning and terrible footwork. In pass protection he does not shuffle to the edge properly and consistently struggled with speed rushers. He is an effective drive blocker on run plays, but is not a dependable blocker in space because of his limited change of direction ability. While much of his footwork concerns seem to be as much coaching as athletic limitations, he will likely need to slide inside to guard as a rookie, but could develop into a starter if he can improve his conditioning and technique.
And WalterFootball rates his as the 11th offensive tackle, marking him between the third and fifth rounds:
Mills really helped himself with a strong Senior Bowl. He did a good job of fighting off speed-rushers and powerful linemen. Mills didn't win all of his reps, but he held his own. Mills also displayed a real mean streak. He blocked through the whistle and was ready to mix it up. Mills could be sleeper who turns into a starter in the NFL. Some teams might move him inside to guard.
I wasn't sure if the Bears would go with another lineman, but they're certainly making a commitment to the offensive line in this year's draft. He was first-team all-WAC who first moved to tackle in 2010. Most scouts project him to play right tackle in the NFL.
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