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 Post subject: Roy Miller, DT, Texas
PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:46 pm 
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Roy Miller
6-2/312 Texas
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Pros: Has nice size and strength, with potential as a run stuffer. Has a great motor and never quits on a play. Has deceptive burst and quickness and can make plays in pursuit. Has nice quickness off the snap, which he uses to shoot gaps, but particularly as a bull rusher. Has a nice swim move. Can split double teams as a pass rusher due to his bull rush. Generally, does a nice job getting off blocks. Is a solid lead blocker when he works at fullback in goal line situations.

Cons: Not a great pass rusher and not consistent with his first step. Overly relies on bull rush and needs to develop more moves. Doesn't always break down well when he enters the backfield. At times gets overwhelmed at the point of attack and has trouble getting leverage. Has problems when he's facing bigger, stronger linemen. Needs to be more consistent getting off blocks. Doesn't do as well when he's facing double teams vs. the run at the point of attack.

Overview: Miller is a pure nose tackle all the way. He's bulked up since the season (he was listed at 300), which should help him. His best asset is his motor, and it's one of the best in this draft class. Only served as a full-time starter his final year, working in the rotation in the past. Made most of extra playing time with career highs: 49 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks. Did 36 bench reps at the Combine.

NFL Forecast: Miller is going to have to get better vs. the run, but I have no doubts he will do so. He's not quite as polished a run stopper as you'd like, but I have few doubts he'll get there eventually. He has a great motor and I think it's a reflection of his work ethic. He is not a great pass rusher, but is relentless because of his motor and does well when he's facing a smaller center one on one. He steps up his game against top competition, which is what you like to see. I think he'll work in a rotation for a year or two and then become a solid starter. He won't be a star, but will be a capable player because he'll outwork most of his competition. Team him with another disruptive pass rusher, and he's going to have a bright future.

ATL Forecast: Miller would be a solid pickup for the Falcons. He'd probably be good enough to start by the end of his rookie season, assuming Trey Lewis isn't back to his old form. But he's the type of player the Falcons can look for to be a long-term starter at nose tackle. He's a similar player to Shane Dronett, in that his motor is his best asset. But in terms of physical skills, he's probably a bit closer to Travis Hall. might not start initially for the Falcons, but would probably be a long-term fixture in the middle.

Value: Miller is a solid third round pick, but wouldn't be too crazy of a reach late in the second round for a 4-3 team looking for a nose tackle.

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