Dolphins' 4th-Round Pick Miller 'Standout' During OTAs, Impressing as Receiver

Sigmund Bloom@SigmundBloomNFL Draft Lead WriterMay 23, 2012

DAVIE, FL - MAY 4: Lamar Miller #44 of the Miami Dolphins runs with the ball during the rookie minicamp on May 4, 2012 at the Miami Dolphins training facility in Davie, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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Miami (Florida) RB Lamar Miller was projected to go in the second or even first round by most draftniks. When the Miami Dolphins saw him fall to the third day of the draft, they gave up a 2012 and a 2013 sixth-round pick just to move up six spots for Miller. Judging by the buzz he's creating, the Dolphins would probably be willing to give up even more to add him today.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel beat writer Omar Kelly gave Miller high marks on Twitter yesterday:

Lamar Miller was the top standout during this OTA session. The rookie tailback creates separation.

— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) May 22, 2012

Kelly went into more detail, emphasizing the separation Miller creates again, but adding that Miller impressed most in that aspect of his game as a receiver. Kelly said Miller's 4.3 speed is "obvious," and speculated that Miller and Bush could both be used to create mismatches for defenses.

Head coach Joe Philbin said Miller could be used as a receiver "to a certain degree" during the team's rookie mini camp. Yesterday, he was more certain in his language, according to Miami Herald writer David Neal, saying that the team will "move him around" when commenting on Miller's receiving ability and athleticism.

Neal warned that 2007 third-round pick Lorenzo Booker looked like Reggie Bush in mini camp and a rose bush during the season, so we'll forgive Dolphins fans if they don't get excited about Miller until he flashes that speed with the pads on during a regular season game.