First Step Quickness –He's got a nice release out of his stance, when you get him on tilted alignments his burst really shines through and gives some perspective on his first step. He's less effective when he's flat footed vs. really digging his front hand into the ground and coiling on obvious passing downs.
Hand Technique/Length –Hands don't bring a lot of power and his ability to create space for himself is quite limited. Even his length appears to be pedestrian in functional settings, meaning his recovery ceiling is pretty limited without some notable growth and development.
Pass Rush Counters –He prefers to get after guys with speed, but once his initial rush up the field doesn't provide any answers he's pretty easily eliminated unless the passer flushes out into his secondary effort path. Poor timing with his hands to create missed punches is a big looming hurdle to clear.
Flexibility –He's pretty loose in the hips, but his ankle mobility and lateral lean are minimal because he doesn't offer the core strength to play through contact. His hinges are loose but most notably when he's trying to duck through gaps and press forward to impact the backfield.
Run Defending –A lack of functional strength is going to pose issues trying to get him to stack up offensive tackles. Instead, he'll benefit from the extra space of wide alignments and be given natural leverage as an outside run defender. His quick disengage is limited because defenders get glued on his numbers.
Competitive Toughness –He gets pushed around with way too much frequency. Will get pinballed by offensive linemen in traffic and doesn't really offer a lot of upper body strength to recover once a set of hands are established on his chest. Instead he plays soft angles and won't really get involved.
Tackling –He does well to carry speed through his challenges and bring his feet, he isn't a soft tackler and will wrap up guys below the waist to ensure he's effective in getting things plugged up. He's best slashing through gaps and coming to balance before locating the football.
Lateral Mobility –He's got plenty of range. When he's isolated in space he does bring the needed scrape ability and burst to the sideline to make sure guys don't get the corner on him. His short area quickness flashes on inside stunts to come crashing through gaps.
Stand Up Ability –His range and hips offer promise that there could be some development to be had here, particularly considering his lack of functional strength and separation skills against the run when his hand is on the ground. That said, space reps are limited and will need development.
Football IQ –From a fundamental perspective, he's generally not been able to find a lot of ways to play around his limitations against longer armed, more physical blockers. An inability to soften angles and passiveness to not come up with counters looms large in his transition.
BEST TRAIT – First Step Quickness
WORST TRAIT – Competitive Toughness
BEST FILM – Washington (2017)
WORST FILM – Iowa (2018)
RED FLAGS – None
Shareef Miller has some requisite skills that can be useful if properly developed. Miller's lack of block stacking skills and style as a slashing defender likely make him an OLB in an odd front, where he'll be given more space to operate and use his quickness to defeat blockers. But if Miller isn't able to be more stout at the LOS and as a pass rusher, he's going to have a difficult time playing notable snaps in the NFL. Too much finesse entering the NFL.
ROUND GRADE: Fifth Round