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Lamar Miller

Lamar Miller - #6 - RB-KR

Height: 5-10 3/4
Weight: 212
Speed: 4.36
Arm: 31 3/8
Hand: 9 1/4
Wingspan: 75 5/8
Birthdate: 04/25/1991
Hometown: Miami, FL
Grade: 5.52

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/08/2012 Miami (Fla.) Pro Day 5-11 213 9 3/8 31 1/4 75 7/8 10'0" 35 1/2 4.08 6.94
02/29/2012 Combine 5-10 3/4 212 9 1/4 31 3/8 75 5/8 4.36 33

 

Notes:

Was a Parade All-American after leading Dade County with 1,749 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns as a Florida prep. Redshirted in 2009. Saw action in 11 games in ’10, making a start vs. Maryland, and rushing 108 times for 646 yards (6.0-yard average) and a team-high six touchdowns. Also contributed as a receiver with 11 catches for 96 yards (8.7-yard average) and zero scores and as a returner — eight kickoff returns for 214 yards (26.8-yard average) and an 88-yard touchdown against Ohio State plus three punt returns for 16 yards (5.3-yard average). Missed the Florida State and Duke games because of a shoulder injury. Was the team’s featured running back in ’11, racking up 227-1,272-9 (5.6) on the ground and 17-85-1 (5.0) as a receiver in 12 starts to lead the Hurricanes in total touchdowns. Contributed 7-162-0 (23.1) as a kickoff returner. Also ran track for the Hurricanes. Played most of the season nursing a left shoulder injury that required a harness on game days and kept him from practicing much of the season, and shoulder surgery is needed.

Positives:

Good-sized frame — should have no problem playing in the 220-pound range. Quick-footed with excellent top-end speed — can gain the corner and outrun angles. Outstanding finishing speed. Rips off yards in chunks. Makes quick, subtle cuts and bursts. Good cutback ability. Surprising run strength. Able to extend and catch. Has improved his strength and conditioning. Protects the football. Very tough and played through a battered shoulder. Comes from a program with a history of churning out productive NFL backs.  

Negatives:

Does not always play to speed. Showed he could be contained (see North Carolina, South Florida). Can do a better job pressing the hole and needs to learn to trust his eyes (wastes some steps in the backfield). Runs upright and struggles to grind out yards on his own inside (although was playing hurt and turned on contact more as a junior than he did earlier in career). Lower body is not as lithe as expected — average wiggle to shake tacklers in space. Needs to improve as a blocker. Is still developing a feel for the position and learning what it means to be a pro.

Summary:

Slashing, one-cut, stretch-zone runner with explosive speed that did not always show on tape given his shoulder injury. Could have used another year of seasoning, but possesses intriguing upside, and should be effective in tandem duty with a power back. Will appeal to teams such as the Packers, Texans and Redskins.


Lamar Miller's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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