No matter what the box scores say, Miller is confident he has the skills to fill up the stat sheet on Sundays.
"I'm a very powerful guy at 5-foot-11 and 220 pounds," Miller said. "I also contribute a good burst of speed and elusiveness. I'm a great pass blocker and I have amazing hands, so I plan on using those attributes to set me apart from the rest of the running backs in this draft class."
RB Lonyae Miller
The latter task should be no problem for Miller. He played the "nine" position on Fresno State's kickoff team, where he was responsible for outside contain. He also got the chance to return kickoffs during Senior Bowl week, but he wasn't used in that capacity during the game.
"Those are the jobs that -- on the next level -- are going to get you on the field or get you on the practice squad. I feel like if I work my tail off at those positions everything else will fall into place."
Miller certainly passes the eyeball test and figures to test well at the Combine next month. Nonetheless, scouts still have some concerns about his game. Firstly, there is the question of whether he can be a featured back, as he never logged more than 132 carries in a season. Secondly, scouts wonder about the level of competition he faced at Fresno.
Miller points out the Bulldogs faced tough opponents such as Wisconsin and Cincinnati last season. Against the Bearcats, who finished with a 12-1 record, Miller ran 10 times for 77 yards (7.7 ypc).
"I just feel like I have to establish my competitive nature," he said.
Miller's competitive nature comes out when asked about the possibility of coming to San Diego. The Chargers will no doubt be looking for a running back in this year's draft as they look to replace LaDainian Tomlinson and possibly Darren Sproles.
There is no way the Chargers tab Miller as Tomlinson's sole replacement. However, there is a good chance A.J. Smith will completely rebuild his offensive backfield this offseason and Miller could certainly be a part of the new rotation.
So how would he feel about following in Tomlinson's cleats?
"It definitely wouldn't be intimidating," Miller said. "I've never been the type of guy to be intimidated or back down from a challenge. I'd look at the situation more as a challenge, to work my butt off and someday be as great as a LaDainian Tomlinson or an Adrian Peterson."
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