Ryan Miller 2012 NFL Draft prospect notes

Ryan Miller
6'8, 295 pounds | Offensive line | Colorado

First word: Sometimes players receive hype based on physical appearances and numbers.  This is always interesting to watch these type of guys play and make a performance based evaluation.  The key is don't let a things like size or production be the only thing you factor into your evaluation.

Ryan Miller meets the initial eye test because of his good size.  However, the closer you look the more you start to see problems.  He has a linear build lacking a good thick base.  This impacts his ability to anchor through contact.  Miller is not explosive, nasty, or overly strong which limits his run blocking ability.  In the passing game, Miller doesn't have the foot speed or bend to properly protect.  He plays to high limiting his balance and opens his frame to the pass rusher.  Miller's footwork is unbalanced and very sloppy hurting his ability to change direction and react to counter moves.

Overall, Miller just isn't a very good looking NFL prospect.  Nothing stands out that makes me believe he could be a decent NFL player.  He has good size but lacks the athletic ability to be even labeled as a project.  Miller might get drafted but at this point looks like a late round prospect.

Bold statement: Ryan Miller will not be considered a guard prospect and will likely be a later round selection

Games viewed: California ('10), Oklahoma ('10), Iowa State ('10)



Ryan Miller
6'8, 295 pounds | Offensive line | Colorado

Notes:

  • Miller has a linear build and doesn't have a very thick lower half
  • His 6'8 frame makes it difficult for him to gain leverage
  • The height will be an issue for Miller if he is expected to be a long term guard
  • Miller doesn't possess a good bend and plays way to high
  • He doesn't do a good job of getting his hands up and out in front
  • Miller just doesn't have a natural bend and struggles to gain leverage
  • His footwork is unbalanced and sloppy
  • Miller's lack of balance impacts his ability to create a push, pass protect, and change direction
  • He isn't an explosive player and lacks fluid motions
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