Bears sign draft picks OT Jordan Mills, DE Cornelius Washington
The team continues to move fast towards the set target by signing draft picks offensive tackle Jordan Mills and defensive end Cornelius Washington to four-year rookie contracts on Wednesday. Jordan Mills and Cornelius Washington are the first 2013 draft picks to sign with a team. The Chicago Bears were also the first team to sign a draft pick from the 2012 class when they inked second-rounder Alshon Jeffery to his rookie contract last year.
Jordan Mills was selected in the fifth round (163rd overall pick) while the Chicago Bears drafted Washington in the sixth-round (188th overall pick) of last week’s NFL Draft.
The 6-5, 316-pound Jordan Mills played right tackle at Louisiana Tech and coming into NFL he is considered a prototype at the position. Jordan Mills is expected to compete with Chicago Bears offensive tackles Jonathan Scott and J’Marcus Webb for the job on the right side of the offensive line. However, some have even speculated if Jordan Mills could be a good fit at one of the guard spots.
“Anywhere the coaches want to put me to play is good with me, left or right, either side,” said Jordan Mills. “Anywhere I can go to help my team, I’m going to do it. Like I told some of the coaches, if they have to put me at H-back to lead block, I’ll do that. Anywhere I can help my team, I’ll do it.”
Meanwhile, the 6-4, 265 pound Cornelius Washington has some experience playing at both defensive end and outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme with the Georgia Bulldogs. However, Cornelius Washington played at 4-3 defensive end during the Senior Bowl, in a performance that impressed draft analysts so that they projected him coming off the boards at the least in the fifth-round. But in the end Cornelius Washington dropped to the sixth-round to the Chicago Bears and will provide a strong pass rush presence to their defensive line.
The Chicago Bears still have four draft picks who remain unsigned, including – Oregon guard Kyle Long (first-round), Florida linebacker Jon Bostic (second-round), Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene (fourth-round) and Washington State wide receiver Marquess Wilson (seventh-round).