Draft Day Target: CB Justin Miller

Looking for a cornerback with a huge upside that should be available near the bottom of the first round? Look no futher than Clemson's Justin Miller. <BR>

SilverStarDigest has already documented several top cornerback prospects that should be available for the Cowboys in the 2005 NFL Draft. And today, we take a look at Clemson defensive back Justin Miller, a stout defender that also has a nice upside in the return game.

Miller declared for the draft earlier this month, less than sixty days after playing his last game as a junior.

"I just felt the opportunity was there for me," Miller told SilverStarDigest. "I evaluated the whole process and it's not something that I rushed into. It's a decision I have to live with."

Miller left Clemson ranked third in school history in interceptions with 13. He also concluced his career with a kickoff return average of 30.68 yards per return, ranking as the top figure in ACC history, and the fourth best in NCAA history.

NFL Draft Expert Tony Pauline calls Miller one of the toughest corners available in the draft this year.

"I still feel like I'm the best corner in the country. I think I could be a first rounder," Miller told SilverStarDigest.
"Justin Miller is a tough, aggressive corner with the ability to shut down opponents. He Possesses excellent size\speed numbers, has the ability to recover and gets vertical then adjusts to the ball defending the pass. Just as important, he also impacts the game as a return specialist."

Miller set the college football world on fire last season when he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns against Florida State.

Based off that performance on special teams, combined with his improved play in one-on-one situations as a cover corner, Miller's stock steadily started to rise towards the end of the 2004 regular season.

As it stands now, 5-11, 205-pound Owensboro, KY native thinks he could go as high as the middle of the first round.

"The NFL Draft Advisory Committee said that I was around a high second-round pick," Miller said. "But I still feel like I'm the best corner in the country. I think I could be a first rounder."

Many scouts are starting to agree as Miller is currently ranked as the No. 15 prospect overall by Scout.com, and the No. 2 cornerback prospect, only trailing Miami's Antrell Rolle.

"He's an outstanding prospect for the next level, added Pauline. "He possesses all the physical skills NFL scouts want in a number one corner. He needs to work on the details of his position then play at a consistent level, but he offers a big upside both as a defensive back and game impacting return specialist."

For the Cowboys, Miller is strong option with their second first round selection. The need is obviously there- Dallas needs to add a cornerback this offseason, but with the added kick-return dimension, he may be too good to pass up. Of course, Miller's stock could increase tremendously during the NFL Combine next month.

"I'm planning on going and showing people what I'm all about," said Miller. "My job is to go there and show people that I'm the best cornerback there is. That's all there is to it. A lot of people know that I'm a kick returner, but I've got to play corner in the NFL, and I'm the best."

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