MOBILE - Deion Jones’ morning order of duties is simple, the former LSU linebacker says.
“Get up at 5:45 a.m. Get dressed. Brush my teeth,” he said. “Call J Mills to see if he’s up. Or he calls me.”
It’s a lot more of the latter, says “J Mills,” the nickname friends use to refer to ex-LSU defensive back Jalen Mills.
“I call him,” Mills insisted Tuesday night from a Senior Bowl function in downtown Mobile. “That dude will sleep through a hurricane.”
Mills and Jones, two of the Tigers’ departing seniors from last season, are training together in Miami. They lift weights together. They run together. They do similar position drills, and eat together.
Not much has changed since their days at LSU – except, of course, that they’re living in a Miami condo preparing, not for a college game, but for the NFL draft.
“He’s a lot stronger than me. Don’t tell him I told you that,” Mills said. “I’m always throwing up a lot more weight than him when I know it’s his (lifting) down week, just to throw it in his face.
“That’s my brother. Since my freshman year, he was my roommate. It’s just been a journey for both of us,” Mills said.
Mills and Jones have the same agent – Drew Rosenhaus – and they’re both here in Mobile practicing together with the South team ahead of Saturday’s Senior Bowl. They both say they’ve met with about half of the 32 NFL teams since arriving in Mobile on Sunday.
Mills, who played cornerback, nickelback and safety at LSU, said he’s told teams that he wishes to play corner. He played corner and nickel during Senior Bowl practice Tuesday. Teams have told Jones that he’s an inside linebacker in a 3-4 front and an outside linebacker in a 4-3, he said.
Jones, a native of Algiers, has talked briefly with the Saints.
“I’m open for anywhere, man,” he said.