New York Giants 2012 NFL Draft Profile: Miami (FL) RB Lamar Miller

By Jeff Shull

The 2012 NFL Draft is eight days away, and already I cannot contain my excitement. The New York Giants have a few needs to fill, one of which being running back, and that could be filled on the first night of the draft. Today we look at University of Miami prospect Lamar Miller, who is said to be one of the top prospects behind Trent Richardson.

If I had my druthers, the Giants would go after someone like Doug Martin, or even Robert Turbin later in the draft. Someone who can compliment Ahmad Bradshaw in the run game, rather than feel like his eventual replacement and cause tension in the locker room.

However, I can’t say I wouldn’t be thrilled to have a home run hitter like Miller on the Giants.

He doesn’t fit the bill of replacing a guy like Brandon Jacobs, however. He is patient behind his blockers, but sometimes indecisive and can tip toe (don’t utter those words around Giants fans, otherwise Jacobs comes to mind) behind his offensive line.

That won’t cut it in the NFL, and it especially won’t help the Giants’ short yardage game.

Enough of the negatives. Miller, despite his faults, is a fantastic talent that could be the Giants’ starting running back some day. He has elite quickness and agility to get in and out of his cuts and terrific burst to get to the outside. Miller is comfortable in space and makes guys miss with his start/stop ability and lateral quickness. Also possesses great vision and can make smart cut backs, which is huge in the Giants’ running system. Tiki Barber made a living with cut-back runs.

He has good hands but did not pass protect often in college, he will have to learn to be a third down back for the Giants should they take him. Miller also offers some versatility in the return game.

“Miller Time” finished his redshirt sophomore season with 1,272 yards and nine touchdowns.

The Giants may not even have a chance to draft Miller as the Cincinnati Bengals have been linked to him all year, or he may not be the right value at No. 32. With all of his issues, you want a more complete back if you draft him in the first round.

If he falls all the way to their second round pick, Jerry Reese will have to think long and hard about taking him.

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