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BroncoTalk is reporting that the Denver Broncos are heavily leaning towards taking a running back in the first round, possibly going for the explosive, big-play specialist out of the University of Miami, Lamar Miller.
Cecil Lammey (NFL Insider for 102.3 ESPN Radio Denver and senior writer for Footballguys.com) "cites that the Broncos favor Miller’s big play ability over Boise State RB Doug Martin and feel that he has better rushing instincts than David Wilson of Virginia Tech," according to BroncoTalk's report.
Miller's final year in Miami as a redshirt sophomore was very impressive. He racked up 1,272 yards on 227 carries (averaging over 5.6 yards per carry) with nine touchdowns in 2011.
Those numbers are very comparable to the other backs listed before Miller. Miller is 5’11" and weighs 213 pounds. He also has the size to bulk up his frame a bit for the NFL to promote longevity. He had a lightning-fast 40-time at 4.36 seconds.
His experience and ability in the passing game has drawn some question marks. He didn't have the best showing among running backs on the passing drills at the NFL combine. Receiving the ball has never been a strong suit of Miller's during his collegiate career. In 2011 as a receiver, Miller caught 17 passes for 85 yards and a TD.
Miller is a home-run hitter, though. He is explosive carrying the ball. He has the speed, agility and burst to get to the outside and take it to the house when he gets in space. Another attribute he has shown is his decisiveness between the tackles. He doesn't hesitate and has excellent vision to find open running lanes.
He electric speed also points to value as a return specialist in the NFL, an area the Broncos could upgrade after losing Eddie Royal in free agency.