Louisiana Tech offensive tackle Jordan Mills, the Bears’ fifth-round draft pick, is close with his cousin, Packers cornerback Tramon Williams. But Mills said that won’t matter if they run into each other on the field.
“I’m going to see him twice a year,” Mills said. “If somebody breaks a run or a long touchdown, if I even get close to him — that’s my cousin, and I love him — but it’s not going to be good for him.”
Mills started 29 games at right tackle, including all 25 the past two seasons, and that’s where he fits on the Bears. But J’Marcus Webb and Jonathan Scott both are ahead of him on the depth chart.
“I know they just got the tackle from New Orleans, (Jermon) Bushrod, on the left side, me on the right side, that’s going to be an offensive line to reckon with. And with Kyle Long also, it’s going to be a good offensive line.
“I will try to soak up all the knowledge I can from those guys.”
With Long, Mills and UFA’s Bushrod and Matt Slauson, intense competition is expected on the Bears’ offensive line.
“Isn’t competition wonderful?” general manager Phil Emery said. “Competition makes you better, and that’s what we’re excited about. It’s a little bit of a redo in terms of adding new people to the mix. We feel very good about the kind of response we’ll get from the veterans.”
What a character:
Any way the Bears want to spin it, seventh-round pick Marquess Wilson is a character concern after quitting the Washington State team last season and accusing coach Mike Leach and his staff of “abuse,” which he later recanted.
Coach Marc Trestman called it “a very small mistake,” and the Bears did a lot of work checking into Wilson’s background.
“We definitely did our due diligence,” Phil Emery said. “We felt that, at the point in the draft, that a person of this kind of talent deserved a second chance.”
There is no denying Wilson’s talent, and there’s no such thing as a seventh-round bust, so, bottom line, it’s a good gamble by the Bears.
Even though he played just nine games before leaving last season, Wilson led the Cougars with 52 catches and 813 yards (15.6-yard average.
A year earlier, as a sophomore, the 6-foot-3, 194-pound Wilson set school records with 82 receptions and 1,388 yards (16.9-yard average) and scored 12 touchdowns. He ran a 4.51 40 at the combine.
“His biggest sin is he walked out,” Emery said. “He made a young decision. He’s just 20. We felt very comfortable that this was a good person who made an immature decision. He’s owned up to that decision. He’s ready to roll.”
The Bears were able to get Georgia defensive end Cornelius Washington in the sixth round with the 188th overall pick, although he was projected to be a second- or third-round pick by some draft analysts.
The 6-foot-4, 265-pounder certainly tests like an elite player. He runs a 4.56 40, has a 39-inch vertical jump and bench-pressed 225 pounds 36 times at the combine.
“I’m a little bit discouraged, but the call came, and that’s the most important thing,” Washington said after the Bears ended his long wait. “Me and my agent both are still shocked. I have no idea what was going on.
“But you turn something that’s a negative into a positive. It’s still a blessing. I’m not bitter. I’m just ready to get to work.”Copyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.