After long fall down draft boards, LSU DB Jalen Mills scooped up by Eagles final round of NFL draft _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- LSU defensive back Jalen Mills, here performing in pro day (March 14, 2016), is gone. Who replaces him at nickel, you asked.

Another former LSU player is finally off the board in this year’s NFL Draft.

Defensive back Jalen Mills became the fourth Tiger taken when the Philadelphia Eagles drafted him with the 233rd pick in the seventh round Saturday. Linebacker Deion Jones, offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins and fellow defensive Rashard Robinson were chosen before Mills.

CBSSports projected Milles as a second-to-third round selection and the 91st overall prospect in this year’s draft class.

The native of DeSoto, Texas, started in 46 games at LSU. He would have likely gotten the start in every one if not for a fractured ankle during fall camp that sidelined him for the first five contests of his senior year.

Mills played cornerback, safety and nickel in his college career, during which he amassed 216 tackles, 16 pass breakups, six interceptions and four sacks. Scouts praised his versatility, though WWL Radio’s NFL Draft expert Mike Detillier pegged the 6-foot-1, 191-pounder as a safety in the pros.

“He’s an instinctive player, versatile player,” ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay said during the broadcast.