Did Miller Help Himself Enough at Pro Day?

ATHENS – No Georgia player helped himself more at last month's Pro Day than defensive end Brandon Miller, according to Dave Van Halanger, the Bulldogs strength and conditioning coach.

Of course, no player had further to go. Miller was considered a sure-fire pro when he came to Georgia out of Miller County High School in 2004, but his production never matched that perceived potential.

After recording 106 tackles and no sacks in his collegiate career, Miller is not even listed on NFL.com as a potential draft selection. The draft will be held Saturday and Sunday in New York.

Van Halanger hasn't given up on Miller at least getting a chance to play pro football, he said. If Miller is not selected in the draft's seven rounds, he could sign a free agent deal because of the workout he had last month in Athens.

"When they came here for Pro Day, he really shot out," Van Halanger said. "I think he elevated himself. A lot of guys went to the Combine, some guys went to All-Star games. He didn't do any of that so this was his big chance. They really wanted to see what's he like, and they said, ‘Whoa.'"

Miller measured at 6-foot-21/2 and 259 pounds and ran a 4.38 40-yard dash in front of NFL scouts, Van Halanger said.

"They see glimpses where they say, ‘Wow, that guy can play,'" Van Halanger said. "There are times when they watch a real good football player, and there is never a spark where they say, ‘He can play in the NFL.' You have to have something that separates. Brandon has that."

Miller's physical talent has never been in question. He was one of the top, if not the top, high school defensive ends in the country by every major recruiting service, but he never found a comfort zone in Athens. Miller played strongside linebacker for most of his career but was moved to defensive end in the final weeks of his senior season and spent most of his time watching from the sideline.

Miller would have to end up with a team that plays a 3-4 defensive system, Van Halanger said, because that scheme would allow Miller to play both positions in certain situations.

"He's going to get into a camp and if they take time with him, could develop into a real special player," Van Halanger said. "He's going to have to go in there with a great determination and work ethic, but he's what they are looking for -- a guy that big who can run that fast."

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