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Roy Miller (DT)
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 310
College: Texas
Conference: Big 12
Hometown: Killeen, TX
High School: Shoemaker
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Selected by: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Round: 3
Pick (Overall): 17 (81)
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Pick Analysis: The former Longhorn gives the Bucs a big, physical interior defender. With the size to play the nose or the "3-technique," Miller becomes a valuable member of the team's defensive line rotation.
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Overview

Short in stature, but long on talent, Miller is one of the strongest players in college football. The former prep power-lifter holds all of the Longhorns' top numbers in the weight room, boasting a 500-pound bench press, 625-pound squat and 365-pound power clean.


Miller emerged during his senior year after taking over left defensive tackle duties. Teaming with defensive end Brian Orakpo, that left side tandem registered 58 quarterback pressures for Texas during the 2008 campaign. It was the first time that he served as a full-time starter, having answered the opening whistle just six times during his first 36 games.


With Miller's father a member of the U.S. Army, he moved around a bit as a youth. He was born in Fort Lewis, Washington before moving to Fort Eustis two years later. In 1997, the family again relocated, settling in Killeen, Texas, where Miller excelled at Shoemaker High School.


Miller was a two-time All-State and three-time All-District performer at defensive tackle and also played some offensive tackle. The All-Area Defensive MVP recorded 111 tackles with 10 sacks, 17 stops for loss, 19 pressures, six pass break-ups and two fumble recoveries, returning one 43 yards for a touchdown as a senior at Shoemaker. In three seasons, the team captain collected 264 tackles with 24 sacks.


Miller was named captain in the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and finished second in the voting for Game MVP honors. He also lettered four times as a power-lifter and twice in track. He placed eighth in the state in the power-lifting championship as a junior. In track, he competed in the shot put and discus. He was a three-time Academic All-District pick and named to the National Honor Roll as a junior.


In 2005, Miller saw reserve action at both defensive tackle positions for Texas. The freshman posted seven tackles (2 solos). As a sophomore, injuries saw Miller start the final six games, lining up vs. Baylor at left defensive tackle before shifting to the right side for the balance of the schedule. He went on to record 27 tackles (17 solos) with 3.5 sacks and 4.5 stops for loss.


Miller returned to reserve duty in 2007, playing mostly behind Derek Lokey at left tackle for 13 games. He collected 24 tackles (14 solos) with a sack, adding 5.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, one pressure and a fumble recovery. He was also a member of UT's Athletics Director's Honor Roll.


Looked upon to fill the leadership void in 2008, Miller was more than willing to assume those responsibilities, both on and off the field. Away from the game, he was very active in UT's community service program. He played host to 150 middle school students at Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center and spoke at his middle school and high school in Killeen.


Miller is part of a group of Longhorns that regularly visits patients at the Austin Children's Hospital, and participated in A Hero's Tribute by welcoming troops back to Fort Hood after being stationed overseas. He has also participated in reading and mentoring at local elementary and middle schools and counseling at a local youth center.


In his final season as a Longhorn, Miller earned All-Big 12 Conference second-team honors. Starting all 13 games at left defensive tackle, he ranked sixth on the team with 42 tackles (24 solos), adding 5.5 sacks, 10.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and seven quarterback pressures. He was also named the Fiesta Bowl Defensive MVP.


High School

Attended Shoemaker (Killeen, Texas) High School, playing football for head coach Ken Gray...Two-time All-State and three-time All-District performer at defensive tackle and also played some offensive tackle...The All-Area Defensive MVP recorded 111 tackles with 10 sacks, 17 stops for loss, 19 pressures, six pass breakups and two fumble recoveries, returning one 43 yards for a touchdown as a senior...In three seasons, the team captain collected 264 tackles with 24 sacks...Named captain in the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and finished second in the voting for Game MVP honors...Also lettered four times as a power-lifter and twice in track...Placed eighth in the state in the power-lifting championship as a junior...In track, he competed in the shot put and discus...Three-time Academic All-District pick and named to the National Honor Roll as a junior.


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Analysis

Positives: Short, squatty frame. ... Good lower-leg drive and use of leverage to hold up as a nose guard. ... Can anchor against the double-team and create a pile. ... Flashes some initial and lateral quickness as a pass rusher. ... Quick hands and impressive upper-body strength to disengage from blocks and make tackles at the point of attack. ... Flashes some explosiveness as a hitter. ... High-effort player who will pursue down the line. ... Physical player who has value as a short-yardage fullback or wedge-buster on special teams. ... Helped himself with solid week of practice at the East-West Shrine Game.


Negatives: Limited athlete who lacks the size and agility to offer much more than what he's asked as a run-plugging nose guard. ... Needs an open lane to close and has only short-area quickness. ... Offers very little in terms of a traditional pass rush. ... Creates penetration behind the line of scrimmage due to his stout frame, but most of his plays are made based on hustle.


Compares To: KELLY GREGG, Baltimore -- Like Gregg, Miller is more of a two-gap type but is trapped in a squat nose guard's body. He has exceptional strength and can create a good surge off the ball, but does not have the speed to chase down quarterbacks from the backside. He has a strong hand jolt to separate and fend off blocks and uses that punch to shed with authority. He lacks any pass rush moves and just marginal-to-adequate lateral agility. He fails to recover and change direction in pursuit. He is a good wrap-up tackler at the point of attack, but when chasing on the edge he reaches and overextends, causing him to slip off some tackles.


Injury Report

2008: Left the Texas Tech game (11/01) briefly after suffering a knee sprain.


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