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Carolina Panthers' NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Harlan Miller

The Carolina Panthers could address the cornerback position in the later rounds and a player like Harlan Miller would be a logically pick. We take a closer look at the former Southeastern Louisiana cornerback.

College Stats/Awards

Season Games Tackles Tackles for a Loss Interceptions
2012 11 7 1 0
2013 14 45 2 4
2014 11 21 0 3
2015 11 49 6 4

*Stats courtesy of Lionsport.net

Combine/Pro Day Results

Event NFL Combine Pro Day
40-yard Dash 4.65 seconds 4.57 seconds
Bench Press 6 reps 4 reps
Vertical Jump 35.5 inches 32 inches
Broad Jump 118 inches 117 inches
3-Cone Drill 7.44 seconds 7.1 seconds
20-yard Shuttle 4.43 seconds N/A
60-yard Shuttle 11.90 seconds N/A

*Results courtesy of NFL.com

Strengths

  • Plays the Ball Well

Harlan Miller had 11 interceptions over his final three seasons and showed an ability to track the ball and make the play. It is certainly impressive how he is able to stay with his man and find the pass and get a hand on it to break it up or make the interception.

  • Good Height

At 6'0", Miller has great height for a cornerback. This is important in the NFL, and particularly the NFC South where he would regularly go up against bigger wide receivers like Mike Evans and Julio Jones.

  • Excellent Press Coverage

A number of times Miller is asked to play press coverage on his man and he did an excellent job of it. He was regularly able to get a hand on his wide receiver, disrupt his route and the timing of the play.

Weaknesses

  • Poor Angles

Miller showed a willingness to track down the ball carrier, even if that meant the play was on the opposite end of the field. However, he missed a number of tackles due to taking poor angles to get to the ball carrier. This is something he will need to work on in the NFL because offenses are faster and he won't be able to recover as easily.

  • Quality of Opposition

This is a certainly a question for any player that plays in a smaller conference. Miller excelled in the FCS, including being named to the second-team AP All-American team this past year. This doesn't mean that Miller will fail at the NFL however the learning curve may be a little steeper for Miller.

How he fits with the Carolina Panthers?

Miller would be an excellent fit in this Panthers' defense and draws similarities to a current Panthers' cornerback who played his collegiate football at a small college: Josh Norman.

Now that isn't to say Miller will become an All-Pro cornerback however he does have the skill set to excel in this defense. He can play the football and has the ability to stay with wide receivers in their hip pocket as they move down the field.

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