Breakdown: Bills Select John Miller

Everything you need to know about the Buffalo Bills' third-round selection of offensive guard John Miller out of Louisville from Scout's college and pro football experts.

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John Miller
Louisville / 6'2 / 303 lbs
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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.

Dave-Te' Thomas Player Evaluation

Report from NFL Scouting Services' Dave-Te' Thomas:

With John Miller, Jamon Brown and Jake Smith on the front wall, the Cardinals knew that the pocket’s blind side was well-protected the last two seasons. Miller posted twelve touch-down blocks for a unit that averaged 460.8 yards per game in 2013. As a senior, the left guard earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention, as he opened the rush lanes used for 18 touchdown runs by Cardinal ball carriers in 2014, as his 125 knock-downs and 92.38% grade for blocking consistency led the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Miller possesses adequate-to-good height and shows enough room on his fame to add 10-to-15 more pounds. He shows good awareness in pass protection and a good job working on double teams, while still keeping his head up to find stunts/blitzes. He has the upper-body strength to jar defenders with initial contact. He shows urgency to maintain good separation once locked on when protecting the pocket and gives great effort as a run blocker.

Miller lacks good timed speed (5.33) and loose hips, but somehow manages to work his way down the line well to get position blocking vs. the inside rush. He works well in unison with his guards and shows much better force behind his initial surge when working in-line. He is a combative type in the trenches and when he keeps his hands inside his frame, he shows very good recoil agility. When he rolls his hips, he is adequate getting movement and taking advantage. He drives his feet on contact and uses his hands like dangerous weapons.

Miller hits the defender with good force in pass protection and when he plays flat-footed (gets in trouble when he rises on his heels), he keeps his feet under him to beat the bull rush. He has better field vision and awareness on pass plays, doing a nice job of locating blitzes and stunts. His lack of explosion moving out to the edge sees him have constant struggles vs. the speed rush though.

The Cardinal has good lower body strength and when he sinks his hips and keeps his pad level down, he shows better lower body strength to anchor at the point of attack (gets pushed back when he plays on his heels). He has the hand quickness to combat multiple moves by the defender, when he keeps them inside, and shows better balance and power to lock on and control (good grabber) when he keeps his base wide. Few guards can jolt a defender with their hands like Miller can, but he needs to play in control for them to be effective.

Miller takes good angles in the second level and shows alertness in the open field (sees twists and games at the line well. He rarely losing sight of defenders when on the move, and does a nice job for keeping his head on a swivel. He shows good urgency to locate a linebacker to stalk. When stationed along the line, he has good body control attacking the defender and playing off his blocks to stalk a secondary target (does not do this as well when playing in space).

The left guard comes off the snap with his hands on the rise and is effective at locking on and walling off the defender. He hits with tremendous force in his punch and is good at clubbing the defender in the head or chop blocking to take the opponents off their feet. With his a thick chest and solid upper body strength, he does a good job of using his hands to get a piece of the defender’s jersey in one-on-one stationary battles.

There are times when Miller will rely too much on his powerful punch to shock and jolt, but when he is too slow getting his hands up or gets them outside his framework, defenders have good success getting a shoulder on him and slip off his blocks. Still, he has that aggressive, tough finishing attitude coaches like to see from offensive linemen. He does not appear to be an immediate starter at the major level of competition, but it will not take this hard worker long to polish his skills.

John Miller NFL Scouting Combine measurables

6-2/303 (5.33 forty)
33 1/4-inch arm length
10 1/4-inch hands
29 reps
27-inch vertical jump
104-inch broad jump
8.20 3 cone drill
4.75 20 yard shuttle

Dave-Te’ Thomas is a sports writer, talent evaluator and scouting personnel consultant for a majority of teams in the National Football League. Thomas runs a scouting information service called NFL Scouting Services and produces THE NFL Draft Report, a publication provided by league headquarters to the media in preparation for the NFL Draft.


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