Remember last year when everyone was screaming at Chicago Bears GM Phil Emery for ignoring the offensive line? Well, he heard you.
After picking up two starting offensive linemen in free agency, including a two-time Pro Bowler in Jermon Bushrod, Emery selected an offensive guard in the first round of this year’s draft, Kyle Long, and then in the fifth round, he took offensive tackle Jordan Mills out of Louisiana Tech. Mills is the cousin of Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams.
Mills (6-5, 316) started a few games at guard his sophomore season but started every game his junior and senior at right tackle. In 2012, he was named first-team All-WAC.
Mills is a hustle player who gives full energy on every snap and plays with power. He’s at his best when run blocking but his slow first step will give him trouble pass blocking at the next level. He has no experience at left tackle, so it appears he’s limited to the right edge, or possibly guard.
Mills has long arms (34 inches) but he was not a top performer at the combine for any of the measurements or drills. He’ll get an opportunity to compete in training camp at right tackle with J’Marcus Webb and Jonathan Scott.
Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.