Finding Broncos: Scouting Southern Utah Safety Miles Killebrew

A small school safety is up next for our draft expert. But does this kid have what it takes to make it in the big league?

http://www.scout.com/player/151636-miles-killebrew?s=101

Combine Results

40-YARD DASH: 4.65 SEC

BENCH PRESS (225lbs): 22 REPS

VERTICAL JUMP: 38.0 INCH

BROAD JUMP: 127.0 INCH

3-CONE DRILL: 6.93 SEC

20-YARD SHUTTLE: 4.18 SEC

60-YARD SHUTTLE: 11.02 SEC

Pros

  • Leader on the defense
  • Made sure his teammates got lined up where they were supposed to be
  • Doesn’t shy away from contact
  • Patient
  • Good football IQ
  • Top end tackling technique
  • Tight bundle of muscle
  • Great frame. Its compact with thick thighs
  • Mean and nasty hitting safety
  • For being a hard hitter, he keeps his hits clean
  • Has a hybrid frame & potential to play both safety spots and come down as a linebacker
  • Confident a& excels when closer to the line of scrimmage
  • Doesn’t give up on tackling form just to get a big hit
  • High motor
  • High character
  • Fast responder
  • Answered a lot of questions at combine, pro day & workouts

Cons

  • Average instincts
  • Doesn’t always play up to the speed he has
  • Concerns with him in coverage
  • Fast responder, but doesn’t show he can read it before it happens
  • No anticipation
  • Limited ball skills
  • Needs to improve his coverage range
  • Eyes the quarterback & loses his man in coverage
  • Might be limited to a hybrid S/LB if he can’t improve his range & coverage

Overall Thoughts

I am a big fan of Miles Killebrew in the third or fourth round. His ceiling is really high, but there is going to be a lot of work for the coaching staff of whoever drafts him. His rookie year he brings value on special teams and on defense in a limited role.

With how weak this safety class is, Killebrew is one of the few who stand out. I really love his fit with the Denver Broncos. He is a great candidate to replace David Bruton as the No. 3 safety and Bruton’s value on special teams. Then Killebrew has the potential to replace Darian Stewart, but is a better option to replace T.J. Ward at strong safety in two years.

Broncos Round Projection: Round 3

Where He Goes: Round 3

Per sources: His combine, pro day and workouts cemented him as a day-two pick and he could go as high as the middle second round.

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