BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Jalen Mills was drafted in the final round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. The former LSU safety was the 233rd overall draft pick and the 12th selection in the seventh round.
Mills played at DeSoto High School in Texas before coming to LSU.
The 6-foot, 196 pound safety was a four-year starter for the Tiger defense and quickly became a leader in the defensive backfield. He started in 46 games while at LSU, only missing five games his senior season after breaking his ankle during a preseason practice in August 2015 and returned to the field in a backup role during the Tigers' win over Florida.
Mills returned to his starting spot the following week in the homecoming game against Western Kentucky. He finished his career at LSU with six interceptions, 16 pass breakups, 216 tackles, eight tackles for loss and four sacks.
During his four years at LSU, Mills played at three different positions: cornerback, nickel back and safety.
Mills will be joining former LSU Tiger Bennie Logan in Philadelphia. The two played together during Mills' freshman season in 2012. Logan, who was a junior at the time, decided to forego his senior year.
Logan was drafted by the Eagles in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The former LSU defensive tackle was the 67th overall draft pick that year.