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Lamar Miller NFL Draft Profile

Lamar Miller NFL Draft Profile

It’s rare to see a running hit top speed so quickly. Lamar Miller seems almost like he has a rocket on his back when his hands touch the ball. With excellent cuts and blazing speed, all this former Miami Hurricane needs is a window. It’s no contest in a foot race, as Lamar Miller’s 40 time was clocked in at a impressive 4.40 and the NFL combine.

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School:  Miami(Fla)
Position:  Running Back
Measurements:  5’11ht  216lbs
Projection:  Late 1st round/Top of 2nd

In One Word: Burst
Fantasy Value: Boom or Bust Sleeper
Resembles: Larry Johnson (In his prime)
Mock Prediction: Rams (33th overall) Mock Draft

Overview:

It’s rare to see a running hit top speed so quickly. Lamar Miller seems almost like he has a rocket on his back when his hands touch the ball. With excellent cuts and blazing speed, all this former Miami Hurricane needs is a window. It’s no contest in a foot race, as Lamar Miller’s 40 time was clocked in at a impressive 4.40 and the NFL combine.

Miller is an early-entry true junior who really surprised experts in 2011 with his first year as a starter in Miami’s offense. His value, if he had remained for another year in school, could have ranked him quite high in next year’s NFL draft, but Miller decided to declare. With not enough game footage and experience as a full time starter, NFL teams seem to be talking themselves out of giving him a first round grade. In the right offense, Miller could be an every-down player, but the blocking scheme would have to be set up perfectly as their are question marks to Millers ability to juke defenders. Regardless of draft experts not liking his comparisons to the more smash-mouth running back, speed kills in the NFL, and a team that wants to add a burst to their offense will gain production from this kid.

Like most running back prospects heading to the NFL, Lamar Miller has great hands and can catch the ball out of the backfield. His blocking skills remain to be a huge question mark, teams like to have a RB that can chip a defender on passing downs, Miller did little to no blocking at Miami.

Lamar Miller runs very upright, he has a narrow frame and may be best suited as a return specialist or change of pace RB at the next level. Still, Fantasy owners will be drawn to Miller’s speed like a moth to a flame. While he may be a year away from being worthy of draft pick, clearly he has “fantasy sleeper” written all over him. On a team that has experienced agile offensive lineman, one’s that can pull a guard or tackle to chip defenders, Lamar Miller could be huge. For every reason to dislike this kid, there are an equal number of reasons why he should go in the first round.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Misfit74

    March 31, 2012 at Saturday, March,31

    Thanks for the clarification. I think Portis is a good comparison. Maybe Robert Smith (ex-Vikings) is the guy I might think of the most.

  2. Mike Rodriguez

    March 31, 2012 at Saturday, March,31

    I saw a Larry Johnson type running style to him. But most comparisons were to Clinton Portis. He runs like a track star, in most videos, when he needed to juke he just took a lot of stutter steps. Very unique, intriguing fantasy option for sure. Who do you see when he runs, regardless of the measurements

  3. Misfit74

    March 31, 2012 at Saturday, March,31

    I don’t get the Larry Johnson comparison. Larry was 6’1 228 with 4.5 speed coming out of college.

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