Ventrell Miller NFL Draft Scouting Report
LB, Florida Gators
Ventrell Miller is a redshirt senior linebacker who has been a key contributor for the Florida defense since the 2019 season. Throughout his career, Miller has played in more than 40 games, logging more than 240 tackles for his career. Miller has emerged as a team leader and through coaching transitions, Miller has been a reliable captain of the team. Miller shows to have a high level of football knowledge and instincts that helps him become a productive player.
From the snap, Miller does a plus-level job of reading his keys and blocking schemes to identify the flow of the play. Miller is able to quickly key and diagnose the pay and work downhill toward the line of scrimmage to make the tackle. From B-gap to B-gap, Miller is able to shuffle and trigger downhill. When he can square the running back up properly, he can deliver a solid hit to the ball carrier. Miller embraces the physicality of the position and is willing to take on pulling interior offensive linemen to maintain the integrity of the defense instead of evading his gap.
Miller’s experience also allows him to be an instinctual player in pass coverage. Playing zone defense, Miller does a good job against short-to-intermediate throws and is able to jump routes and cause pass deflections and incompletions.
Miller’s concerns as a player come from what appear to be limited athleticism. Against the run, Miller is serviceable playing in the box. But on runs that attack the edges, there are occasions where Miller fails to get to the sideline and backs are able to turn the corner and outrun Miller’s pursuit angle. His athleticism also affects him in pass coverage. Miller has issues covering athletic backs out of the backfield. The other issue Miller has is functional strength playing in the box. Playing against the run, Miller struggles to shed blocks and make the tackle. Oftentimes when offensive linemen are able to work their way to Miller and engage, he has a tough time disengaging.
Top Reasons to Buy In:
- High IQ/football knowledge
- Leadership qualities
Top Reasons For Concern:
- Sideline-to-sideline pursuit
- Pass coverage
- Functional strength
Size (NFL Combine):
Height: 6′ 0”
Weight: 232 lbs
Arm Length: 32 1/2”
Hand Size: 9 1/8”
Athletic Testing (source):
40-yard Dash: 4.60s
Vertical Jump: TBD
Broad Jump: TBD
Bench Reps: TBD
Ideal Role: Linebacker used on early downs
Scheme Fit: 4-3 inside linebacker
TDN Consensus Grade: 68.50/100 (Sixth-Round Value)
- Sanchez Grade: 68.50/100
Written By: Keith Sanchez
Exposures: Utah (2022), Tennessee (2022), Georgia (2022), LSU (2022)
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