49ers Select Bruce Miller from Central Florida in 7th

With their first pick in the 7th round the 49ers select DL Bruce Miller out of Central Florida…

Height:6’1″
Weight:254 lbs.
Arm Length:30 1/4 in.
Hand Size:9 in.
College:Central Florida
Conference:Conference USA

OVERVIEW
Miller has the size, athleticism and football intelligence to provide immediate depth as a backup 3-4 outside linebacker and is a hard worker who could become a starter in time. Refined pass rusher who can arrive at the quarterback with quickness on the edge, speed to power moves, or slip inside but just lacks a striking closing burst. While he can get eaten up at times when run at, uses hands well, fights hard to disengage, can penetrate, and makes plays from the backside with relentless effort in pursuit. Miller is a mid-round prospect whose intangibles lessen the risk of his projected conversion to OLB.

STRENGTHS
Miller has a nice blend of size and speed as a projected 3-4 outside linebacker. Shows good get off and has the flexibility to take a direct route to the passer. Uses hands well to counter inside. Can penetrate with first-step quickness. Will get through trash and makes plays in pursuit. Great instincts and intangibles.

WEAKNESSES
Lacks the size to stick at defensive end. For a pass rusher, doesn’t possess elite explosiveness. Bigger blockers can swallow him up at the point. May take time to develop recognition skills is asked to play from two-point stance but the work-ethic and intelligence to do so. Ability in space is just adequate.


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