Miller Looking For An Opportunity

Patrick Miller is just looking for a chance to show what he can do on the next level.

With the annual National Football League Draft beginning on Thursday, former Auburn offensive tackle Patrick Miller is hoping to hear his name called at some point during the three-day event and said even if that doesn't happen he is going to do everything possible to make an NFL roster.

Measuring in at six-foot-six, 292 pounds at Auburn's pro day, Miller did 16 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, but it was his athleticism that caught the eye of people in attendance. Running a 40-yard dash time of 5.15 seconds with a vertical leap of 27 ½ inches, Miller said overall the experience was a good one for him.

“It went well,” Miller said. “All my times were good. I was fluid with that. I ran a 5.1 so I was happy with that.

“I felt good,” he added. “I was 292 and felt quick and faster than I was when I was 280. I still have 18 percent body fat. That’s big and lean.”

Saying that the pressure was on to compete and perform well after he wasn’t invited to the combine, Miller prepared by working out at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. With his weight and strength up, he added that the move paid off for him and he is ready to see what the future holds.

“It’s very exciting,” Miller said. “The best part is working hard and seeing your results and where you’ve gained and stuff like that. That’s the best part of all this.”

Before he can look ahead Miller was forced to first look back at his decision to leave Auburn. An early high school graduate and early enrollee on the Plains, Miller was a part-time starter for each of his three seasons with the Tigers. Even though he could have potentially been a full-time starter for the first time in his career had he returned, the tackle said the timing was right for him to make the jump.

“I always kind of knew,” Miller said of his desire to turn pro. “I didn’t really know what I was going to do, but how the season ended up I felt like it was the right thing to do. I just went with my heart and never looked back.”

Hoping to get a shot, he said that he has been totally focused on preparations to get ready to earn a spot on an NFL roster.

“To make it on a football team and have a long NFL career, that’s it,” Miller said of his goals. “I don’t care how I get there. I don’t care if it’s the first round or if I’m an undrafted free agent and I worked my way from the bottom up. It’s all fine by me. It’s not how you get there, it’s that you get there.”

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