A couple of seasons ago, the San Francisco 49ers employed a Swiss army knife known as Delanie Walker.
Over four years at Oklahoma, Millard showed the versatility of being such a commodity—an H-back role, suited for various packages within the offense.
Millard averaged 5.5 yards per carry on 98 attempts over the course of his four-year collegiate career, per Sports-Reference.com. Additionally, he hauled in a total of 70 receptions for 677 yards and seven touchdowns over the same span.
Sadly, an injury ended his senior year and most assuredly thwarted his stock entering the 2014 draft.
Listed as a fullback, per CBS Sports, Millard has the option to play at either that position, a running back or at tight end.
Flexibility is never a bad thing.
We've touched on the versatility Millard brings to the table. He has that H-back capability, which could eventually prove to be a vital asset to Greg Roman's offense. He will have a full season to recover and learn this role in 2014.
Here are his positive attributes from his CBS profile:
Balanced athlete with controlled footwork to elude defenders in space. Light on his feet to hurdle or sidestep defenders while bursting forward. Deceiving moves and cuts to make defenders miss, using patience and vision. Packs a punch at the point of attack, brushing off contact and using a stiff arm to pick up chunk yardage. Soft hands and reliable focus as a pass catcher with 70 career catches and 7 career receiving scores (only 6 rushing scores). Physically and mentally tough blocker with good vision to seek out his target and throw his body around. Above average versatility to be a threat blocking, rushing, receiving and on special teams—helps save a roster spot.
While his abilities to catch and run with the ball are enticing, the fact that he is capable of being a good blocker for San Francisco's power-running game present a unique opportunity for Roman and the 49ers offense.
With Bruce Miller currently holding the fullback slot, Millard can also be a versatile backup who can step into various other situations and on special teams as well.
As with any player coming off serious ACL injury, there have to be concerns over whether or not he will be able to return effectively. Yet the 49ers are comfortable with this scenario—perhaps no better than they have been with their 2014 draft class.
If Millard is able to make a full recovery, he will have to overcome a few other faults to his game.
Per his CBS Sports profile, Millard is a one-speed type of player—and that speed is not anything particularly special, according to Dane Brugler. His blocking technique and use of hands are also questionable.
Millard strikes us as the type of player who does a lot of things well but does not necessarily excel in any particular area.
But for a seventh-rounder, Millard could be a wise addition for the 49ers once he returns from aforementioned injury.
Millard has the chance to compete for a role once held by Walker and now being vied for by current 49ers tight end Vance McDonald.
The flexibility and versatility are Millard's greatest attributes. His combined skills at blocking also present San Francisco with a potential sleeper in this year's draft class.
Now, Millard simply has to recover. If he does so adequately, the 49ers may be enticed to utilize him in various offensive packages as well as special teams.
Working on his technique will be the key following the recovery process. As we have seen with various H-back players before, the amount of snaps Millard will eventually see should be directly related to how well he can block.
If this works out for the better, San Francisco would be glad it spent its final pick on this versatile athlete.
As always, be sure to stay tuned to this author's coverage and analysis of each 49ers pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Peter Panacy is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report, covering the San Francisco 49ers. Follow him @PeterMcShots on Twitter.
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