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Mills hopes to follow cousin Tramon Williams' path to NFL

Feb. 24, 2013
 
Louisiana Tech offensive lineman Jordan Mills runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. His cousin is Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams.
Louisiana Tech offensive lineman Jordan Mills runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. His cousin is Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams. / Dave Martin/AP

INDIANAPOLIS — Before he was an all-conference offensive lineman at Louisiana Tech, Jordan Mills was just your standard 6- or 7-year-old wanting to hang with the big kids.

In Mills’ case, that meant following around his older brother and cousin, Tramon Williams, when they’d play football despite being twice his age.

Now 6-foot-5, 316 pounds, Mills has surpassed his older cousin in stature, but still hopes to follow him to the NFL with the 29-year-old Williams now seven seasons into his career as a cornerback for the Green Bay Packers.

“If I ever get up there with my cousin it would be a true honor you know,” said Mills, who’s also cousins with NFL running back Brandon Jacobs. “When I was little, (Williams) and my brother played football together and I used to follow them around all the time.

“Having them around when I was little, you know it was a great experience, it was very humbling.”

Both native to Louisiana, Williams and Mills played football at Louisiana Tech, but Mills enters the league with a bit more acclaim than his cousin, who was undrafted free agent in 2006 before later being signed by the Packers.

NFLDraftScout.com lists Mills as the 12th-best offensive tackle in the draft and projected as a third- or fourth-round selection with many touting his combination of size and power.

A starter at right tackle the past two seasons, the first team Mills talked with at last month’s Senior Bowl was the Packers after being pulled aside by general manager Ted Thompson and some scouts.

In the month leading up to the combine, Williams reached out to his cousin to see how his preparation for the combine, pro day and draft was coming along.

He’s provided some sage advice for Mills.

“He told me throughout his career, he didn’t come with a silver spoon in his mouth, either. He had to come from the bottom just like I did,” said Mills, a three-star recruit coming out of high schpol.

“He said, ‘No matter what you do, if you don’t show nobody nothing else, you show them your effort because no matter what they think they saw on film about you that’s what they have to go on. When you give that effort, that’s what they want to see.’”

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