2017 NFL DRAFT

Harlan Miller, CB

School: Southeastern Louisiana  |  Conference: LAND
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Kentwood, LA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 182 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
164195

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.652.70-06 35 1/2-4.437.44
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.542.701.6306 35 1/29'10"4.437.44

Player Overview

A three-year starter, Miller played mostly press and off-man coverage as the left cornerback in the Lions' hybrid 4-2-5 scheme, often following the opponent's top wide receiver.

Although he didn't play cornerback until he arrived at Southeastern Louisiana, Miller leaves ranked fourth in program history in career interceptions (11), earning First Team All-Conference honors three consecutive seasons - if drafted, he will be only the second draft pick from Southeastern Louisiana since 1984, joining Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford (60th overall, 2013).

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Tall with good wingspan for the position. Quick-footed in his transition to bump-and-run and redirect with ease. Plant-and-drive mechanics to close on throws in front of him. Competes at the line of scrimmage, working hard to keep receivers uncomfortable.

Aggressive run defender with a physical demeanor to get his man on the ground. Excellent ball awareness and never seems surprised due to his locating technique. Plays with terrific ball-skills and timing to disrupt the catch point.

Understands play indicators. Physically and mentally resilient, playing with a chip on his shoulder. Productive with 33 passes defended and 11 interceptions, averaging 18.2 yards per interception return (11/200/1). Made an impact on special teams with two blocked kicks and a 11.3 average on punt returns (26/294/0).

WEAKNESSES: Light body type with skinny build and wiry limbs. Scattered feet and high hips, struggling to stay balanced in his movements. Lacks the long-speed to recover and reconnect to the hip of receivers once beat.

Inconsistent jam and hand mechanics with a bad habit of grabbing. Late to anticipate and see the route unfold due undeveloped eye discipline. Below average functional strength and too easily hung up on blocks. Willing tackler, but inconsistent with his run fits and pursuit angles. Almost all of his experience has come vs. FCS competition.

IN OUR VIEW: Miller is a tall, thin-framed athlete with light feet to mirror in man coverage, but appears most comfortable in off-coverage where he can use his drive mechanics and toughness to make stops vs. the run and the pass. Although he doesn't have ideal strength or speed, Miller plays with a chip on his shoulder and the fluid athleticism that is worth developing.

--Dane Brugler (2/3/16)

 
 
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