John Miller: A Powerful Addition to the Bills

The Bills plan on using a power-running offense in 2015 but need powerful offensive linemen for the team to be successful. Luckily for Buffalo, "powerful" is the word that Jody Demling of Cardinal Authority used to describe John Miller.

In the third round of the 2015 NFL draft, the Buffalo Bills selected offensive guard John Miller of Louisville.

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John Miller
Louisville / 6'2 / 303 lbs
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  • [3] #17

Analysis

Miller had a big year in 2014 and actually led the ACC with 125 knockdown blocks and a 92.38% blocking grade. That’s outstanding. Starting at left guard for the entire season Miller only allowed two sacks. He’s 6-foot-2, 303-pounds and is very strong, especially in the lower body. Miller has an excellent initial punch and plays with a tough and relentless attitude and effort.

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Besides quarterback, offensive line is probably Buffalo’s biggest question mark entering the 2015 season. The Bills currently have Cordy Glenn (LT), Eric Wood (C), Richie Incognito (RG) and Seantrel Henderson (RT) penciled in as starters, but the team has a gaping hole at left guard. Buffalo has Chris Williams and Cyril Richardson as two starting options, but both struggled in 2014. Williams especially is at risk of not making the roster at all. Miller, the 81st pick of the 2015 draft, realistically could win the starting job at left guard. What should Bills fans know about Miller? Jody Demling, publisher of Cardinal Authority, shared his thoughts on Miller’s career at Louisville.

“John Miller was the best offensive lineman Louisville has had for the past two seasons; he started 47 games at left guard during his career and has a lot of good attributes for an NFL lineman. He has a lot of power in his hands and he’s so strong, especially just right after coming off the ball. He learned from two different coaches and really became more versatile as a senior, being able to alternate guard spots while in the game. He’s really good with his punch off the ball and his initial fight is tough. He doesn’t have the quickest feet but makes up for that being so strong and so bulky in his upper body. We just kept hearing about the power in his upper body and his hands and how that was tough for opponents to try and match up with him. He’s a kid the Louisville staff believes can stick in the NFL for quite a while.”

Jamie Newberg, a National Recruiting Analyst from Scout.com, also likes Miller's productivity. In the video below, Newberg shares his thoughts on the guard.

Buffalo plans on incorporating a power-running offense in 2015 and Miller’s skillset certainly sounds like a terrific fit for Greg Roman’s offense. Miller isn’t guaranteed anything entering the season, but he has a great chance of making an immediate impact with the Bills.


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