Every NFL draft there are a handful of prospects who turn out to be better players in the league than where they were valued at. These kinds of players are typically hard to predict and it usually all comes down to the kind of situation they are put in to properly develop and how they handle the process. If the Jacksonville Jaguars are lucky, they could very well find themselves a hidden draft gem with one or some of their 11 total draft selections.
The draft media tends to underestimate small school prospects and overlook them during the draft process. Cornerback Bryan Mills out of North Carolina Central University is one prospect the Jaguars have to keep an eye on. Jacksonville is in a period of rebuild and should welcome open competition in the secondary.
Mills originally attended the College of Canyons, a junior college, before transferring to NCCU. He played both as a defensive back and special teamer at the College of Canyons and continued his career as a defensive back with the North Carolina Central Eagles.
Mills hasn’t been high on anyone’s radar but he received an invite to the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl, finally recognizing his achievements. He has average measurements at 6’0″ and 180 pounds but excels in press-man coverage. He has good ball skills and production and good use of his hands.
In areas that he struggles, Mills can often get beat by quicker receivers while struggling to win over big body receivers. He can also struggle with on-field awareness. In simple terms, he’s a raw prospect. But he has great competitive toughness, concentration, and creates turnover opportunities. He’s also not afraid to come in run support but can struggle to bring down the ball carrier with a lack of power.
Mills would be an interesting prospect for the Jaguars to take a chance on in the later rounds or even as an undrafted free agent.