The Kansas City Chiefs had two picks to make use of in the 5th round of the 2011 NFL Draft and they used their second pick to select Oregon State DE Gabe Miller.
The pick sent a shock wave through the Arrowhead Addict draft chat. There were many WTF type of responses. Chiefs fans apparently do not like seeing “DE” come up on the draft list.
But Miller may not play DE for the Chiefs.
Here is what Wes Bunting had to say about Miller:
An undersized defensive end prospect who displays decent thickness through his lower half and loves to play to the whistle. Works hard in pursuit. However, isn’t real rangy when asked to close from the backside and lacks a great initial burst in all areas of the game. Uses his hands decently to fight his way off blocks, but struggles to anchor on contact.
Impression: A hard-working player but lacks the size/power to hold up with his hand on the ground and isn’t the kind of explosion athlete needed to be considered as a nickel rusher or 3-4 OLB prospect.
The Chiefs are most certainly drafting depth and project players at this point. They don’t appear to be overly impressed with any of the NT prospects. Miller will likely be a bit of a question mark until we here from Pioli.
Miller has good speed so he may be able to contribute as a special teams player as well as depth at DE or OLB. It will be interesting to see how the Chiefs use him.
What are your initial reactions here?