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2006 NFL Draft Draft Tracker Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Players Positions Schools Conferences

 Garret Mills Grade: 3.26
 Position: TE
 Class: Sr
 School: Tulsa
 Conference: Conference USA
 Ht., Wt.: 6-1, 241
 40 Time: 4.67
  Selected by: New England Patriots
  Round 4, pick 9 (106 overall)

BIO: Three-year starter awarded varying degrees of All-Conference and All-Academic honors since his sophomore campaign. Led the team in receptions as a senior totaling 87/1,235/9, setting an NCAA single season record for receiving yards by a tight end. Junior totals included 51/560/2 when he also lined up at fullback.

POSITIVES: Smart, hard-working skill player with a great feel for the game. Consistently finds the clearing in the defense and makes the reception in stride. Adjusts for the errant pass, displaying soft and strong hands. Makes the difficult catch in traffic, taking the big hit yet holding onto the ball. Knows where he is on the field, effectively uses the sidelines and always works to make himself an available target. Keeps the play in bounds running after the reception. Plays with good pad level and gives effort as a blocker.

NEGATIVES: Lacks footwork sliding out in pass protection. Marginal blocking skills.

ANALYSIS: Ultra-productive in college, Mills has no defined NFL position. Has a special-teams mentality and finds a way to get it done, which leads one to believe he'll be a productive third-down specialist in the NFL.

PROJECTION: Late Seventh Round

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