Miles Dieffenbach, OG

School: Penn State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 301 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Player Overview

Given the expectations of high profile quarterback Christian Hackenberg, Penn State's 7-6 record a year ago was viewed by some as a disappointment. A torn ACL in the spring by Dieffenbach - the Nittany Lion's most consistent offensive lineman - likely played a significant role in Penn State's struggles.

Dieffenbach signed with Penn State as the top-rated prep center by some recruiting analysts but slid over to left guard shortly after joining the team. He redshirted in 2010 and didn't see any playing the next year either as the Nittany Lions were blessed with four seniors among their returning starters along the offensive line. He took over at left guard position as a redshirt sophomore and never looked back, earning the starting nod in each game in which he was healthy the remainder of his career.

When healthy, Dieffenbach shows good balance, agility and strength to project as a possible starter in the NFL. He also possesses the work ethic scouts are looking for, refusing to surrender to the heart-breaking injury prior to his senior season and committing himself to a grueling recovery that saw him return late in 2014 to finish his collegiate career on the field rather than take a redshirt or simply shut it down and prepare for the draft.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Well-proportioned athlete who carries his weight well. Relatively light on his feet, showing good initial quickness, balance and lateral agility in pass protection. Bends at the knees and is able to absorb bull-rushers due to his core flexibility. Isn't a mauler in the running game but can create space, getting a good initial punch into opponents and keeping his feet driving through contact. Good lateral quickness and balance to switch off of his primary assignment and get to the second level. Efficient mover, who identifies his secondary targets and latches on quickly. Good effort to sustain his blocks. Very good awareness. Keeps his head on a swivel, looking to help teammates with chip blocks when not covered up himself. Showed rare work ethic and determination to come back and play in November, 2014 after sustaining the knee injury in March and undergoing surgery in April. Has the frame, athleticism and intelligence to handle the move back to center.

WEAKNESSES: Isn't an overpowering run blocker. Relies on his initial quickness, balance and tenacity rather than dominating strength to turn and seal defenders rather than simply drive them off the ball. Can get fundamentally lazy and come off the ball too high, negating his own strength and losing leverage. Suffered a torn ACL (and sprained MCL) during practice March 26, 2014 and underwent surgery to repair the torn ligament April 23. Injuries, of course, must be cleared by NFL doctors at the Combine.

--Rob Rang

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