Shareef Miller

Penn State

Prospect Info

College
Penn State
Hometown
Class
PA
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
254 lbs
33 5/8”
Hands
10 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.53
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Philadelphia
Eagles
Round 4 ‧ Pick 36
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
4.69u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
16
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
29.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
--
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
--
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.45
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

Miller's brother (and role model) was shot and killed in May 2015 during an argument in West Philadelphia. It was a difficult time for Miller but he enrolled at Penn State and redshirted the 2015 season. The two-time first-team All-Southeastern Pennsylvania pick played in 14 games in 2016, regularly flashing potential (22 tackles, 5.5 for loss, two sacks). Miller was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection in 2017, playing in all 13 games with 12 starts and racking up 37 tackles, 11 for loss, and five sacks. He honored an injured teammate by wearing the No. 19 jersey in two September matchups. Miller was a third-team all-conference pick as a junior, as well as a co-winner of the Nittany Lions' Most Valuable Defensive Player award. He started 12 games, recording 41 tackles, 15 for loss, and 7.5 sacks on the year.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 5
NFL Comparison
Andre Branch
Overview
Projection based defensive end who with good size and athletic traits but a lack of functional skill at this point. Miller doesn't play with early, aggressive hands in the run game or as a rusher and that severely limits his consistency in both areas. His lack of instincts as a rusher is a concern, but improving his approach at the top of the rush should be coachable. He's a rangy edge defender with moldable traits, but until he'll be stuck in a holding pattern of "potential" until he develops his fundamentals.
Strengths
  • May have frame and ability as 4-3 DE or 3-4 rush linebacker
  • Gets off snap with upfield burst
  • Early charge could lay groundwork for more rush production with work
  • Flashes twitchy upper body movements
  • Hands can be heavy and jarring when he lets them go
  • Disruptive against run when slanting into B-gap
  • Attacks with desired suddenness from the edge
  • Above active reactive athleticism
  • Sticks a foot in the ground and makes quick change of direction
  • Pursuit is fluid and fast
  • Motor and closing burst allow for extended range as tackler
Weaknesses
  • Simply doesn't activate his hands early or often enough
  • Pops up too tall on inside counter steps
  • Not very skilled as a pass rusher at this point
  • Predictable rush plan with basic arc run get him hung up at the top
  • Lacks knee bend and shoulder turn to flip over the top
  • Needs to weaponize his hands to defeat blocker's punch
  • Will have to develop a go-to counter at some point
  • Below-average ability to control the point of attack
  • Tackles can tie-up his outside shoulder when he's setting the edge
Sources Tell Us

"Our scouts were really hard on him but I thought the tape showed potential. He's a Day 3 player all day long, but there are things he can do that coaches can work with." - NFC personnel director
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