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Jordan Mills is like…the girl who you fell in love with too fast, and now, just a few months later, you’re starting to realize she’s not quirky, she’s crazy. She’s not attentive, she’s a stalker. And above all, she’s just not starting girlfriend material.
The Rationale: Two things worked in Jordan Mills’ favor early on. The first is that he had a strong showing in Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He looked good, he rated well for advanced statistic sites like Pro Football Focus and, to boot, the media gave their stamp of approval.
Remember all those times people said first impressions were important?
I present you Exhibit A: Jordan Mills.
But that’s not all that was making Mills look like a keeper. The second red herring was Mills’ association with right guard Kyle Long. Drafted together, the two found homes on the right side of the line, and their sheer proximity has caused many a person (myself included) to lump them together.
The rookies this. The rookies that.
That’s how we described what was happening on the right side of the line. But that was not exactly what was happening.
In reality, following Week 1, one of the rookies continued a streak of stellar play. The other started a free fall.
I bet you can guess which is which.
But now we’re eight weeks in. The honeymoon phase is over. And Long’s exceptional play is no longer masking what’s happening just three feet to his right.
Need a good cry? Check out some of Mills’ stats and rankings, per Pro Football Focus. (Note that there are 73 eligible offensive tackles in the league.)
- Overall: 72nd
- Run Blocking: 39th
- Pass Blocking: 73rd
- QB Pressures Allowed: 35
Don’t trust those rankings? Check out the GIF in this article.
The reason Mills won’t earn an F from me is that I’m factoring in the circumstances and expectations. As a fifth-round pick, he’s not supposed to be a superstar. That late in the draft, teams are just looking for someone serviceable. He can be that. Someday. But for now, I can’t ignore the cold hard facts, and for that reason, he gets a D+.
Semester Grade: D+