Colin Miller, OC, Central Michigan

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Colin Miller, OC, Central Michigan

Postby Pudge » Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:05 pm

Central Michigan Senior
40: 5.30


Comfortable working in the shotgun or direct snap. Smart, and calls out assignments at the line. Shows some pop as a run blocker and able to get some position and lock onto defender. Flashes good mean streak, looking to locate someone to hit downfield. Can get out on the second level.


Doesn't have quick enough hands to reliably initiate contact as a run blocker or pass protector. Struggles to consistently lock on due to poor hand placement as a run blocker. Doesn't get much push there. Overextends in pass protection and lacks a strong punch and pass rushers can just roll off him. Not super quick when asked to block on the second level to be an impact guy there.


Miller is a pretty ho-hum center. He has enough skills that with more polish and coaching he can compete as a reserve, but he's fairly average and probably will struggle when he gets to the next level trying to match up with NFL-caliber defenders. You like his mean streak, smarts, and experience, but that's really about it. Started 47 career games, including 44 at center and 3 at left guard.


Central Michigan has produced some decent O-line prospects over the past decade (highlights include Eric Ghiaciuc and Joe Staley), which is probably why he's getting a bit of a stronger look than others. He's the type of guy that I think can compete at the next level, but unless he develops a bit more consistency and polish, he's not going to stick anywhere. Maybe he can land a practice squad spot if teams like his intangibles, smarts, and toughness and be developed for a year or two. In the end, he'll be an average reserve center that might be good for a spot start here or there, but I doubt he has what it takes to stick long-term with a team. But you never know, since being an NFL center is less about physical tools, and more about smarts and recognition. And you like a center that comes out of college with 40+ starts, so he at least has a better shot than a player of comparable skill with half the experience even at a bigger school.


Miller can compete for a reserve spot in Atlanta, but I doubt he makes it. He would be a longshot for the practice squad unless he showed aptitude for playing guard. Which is doubtful given his lack of ideal size and strength. He's a body more than anything that can add depth in camp, but is a longshot to make the roster or practice squad.


Miller is worth a look in camp, as I said centers with his level of experience are at least worth a look. But don't draft him.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Strength: 2.0
Pass Blocking: 2.0
Run Blocking: 2.5
Footwork: 2.5
Technique: 2.5
Mobility: 2.5
Mean Streak: 3.5
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