Christian Miller

Alabama
EDGE
LB31

Prospect Info

College
Alabama
Hometown
Class
Columbia, S.C.
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
247 lbs
35 1/8”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.83
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade
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Vertical Jump
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Broad Jump
118.0
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Miller was a five-star prospect and top-five linebacker recruit nationally coming out of Columbia, S.C., in 2014. The son of former NFL veteran linebacker Corey Miller was a Parade All-American and finalist for South Carolina's Mr. Football award as a senior. His career at Alabama has not been as productive as he would have hoped. Miller waited his turn for three seasons in the Tide's deep linebacking corps, redshirting in 2014, playing in 12 games as a reserve the following year, and securing 16 tackles (2.5 for loss, two sacks) in 15 games as a sophomore. He suffered a biceps injury in the 2017 season opener, missing 10 games but returned to play in four contests overall (six tackles, two for loss, sack). Miller only lined up with the starters in 4 of 14 games played in 2018 but was a regular contributor on defense in every contest (36 tackles, 11.5 for loss, 8.5 sacks, one pass breakup). He missed the national title game with a hamstring injury.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
NFL Comparison
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Overview
Long, lean rush backer with above-average athletic traits that could serve him well as a pass rusher. Teams could be a little gun-shy with Miller considering the talent he played alongside and his solo season of production. What will be hard to ignore are his long arms, ability to attack the edge with speed and footwork to manufacture dangerous inside counters. He's talented enough to earn his keep chasing quarterbacks, but he'll have to gain strength and prove he can handle run duties in order to play every down.
Strengths
  • Long and athletic and continues to grow into his frame
  • Quality get-off either standing or with hand in the ground
  • Speed variance in his rush can lull tackles to sleep in their sets
  • Effective usage of arm length
  • Able to stick and stab tackles to maintain distance as a rusher
  • Gets some shoulder turn up the rush arc to avoid being punched squarely
  • Sudden, aggressive swats can clear tackle's outside hand to soften edge
  • Loose hips to pivot around the edge
  • Capable closing burst
  • Gets into run-blocking tackles with desired arm extension
  • Above-average pursuit speed to the sideline
  • Fluid to drop and cover backs headed out of the backfield
Weaknesses
  • High-cut with thin legs
  • Has added weight, but needs to put on more bulk and strength
  • Lacks sand to anchor and can get manhandled by tackles
  • Needs to ramp up his physicality to be able to play on early downs
  • Unable to convert his speed into power as a rusher
  • Can't power through edges as a rusher and gets forced wide
  • Doesn't have base strength to balance against redirect blocks

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league