Towering at 6'7", Ryan Miller is tall for a guard. However, despite his height, he possess lateral quickness and agility. He shows good balance and stamina, and his length is an asset. Although tall, he's able to anchor down and keep bull rushers away with his wing span.
Miller is an imposing force in the run game, and was able to open up huge holes for ball carriers at Colorado. He led the team with 40 "Effort Blocks," an award given for downfield blocks, touchdown blocks and beating opponents off of the ball. Out of 28 seniors, Miller was the only Buffalo invited to the NFL Combine.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING
According to Pro Football Weekly, Miller is surprisingly light on on his feet. He is also very impressive in the weight room, displays a tremendous work ethic and is a vocal leader. Miller has the propensity to display some nastiness on the offensive line and Chad Reuter cites his strengths as both pulling and trapping in the run game. Both of these skills are prominently displayed on his NFL Network Draft Profile video.
Still, Miller could be too tall to play on the interior line in the NFL. Many experts are projecting him as more of an outside lineman, due simply to his ability to use his length to deflect an outside pass rush.
PROJECTED IMPACT AS A ROOKIE
Miller will be able to come in and compete for a starting spot on the offensive line, and could be a potentially valuable asset in the run game, especially in a zone-blocking scheme. Whether he remains at his collegiate position of guard remains to be seen, as many feel he is better suited as a tackle, using his height to shield pass-rushers off of the outside.
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