#15 Raiders: OT Kolton Miller
NFL Draft Scout
Potential No. 1 overall pick Josh Rosen had a suspect supporting cast during his tenure in Westwood, but Miller is one of the few players who flashed positive reps while scouting the quarterback. He was in-and-out of the starting line-up his first few seasons at UCLA before stabilizing the left tackle position as a junior in 2017, lining up in a three-point stance.
Miller has the size, girth and length that immediately stands out, displaying the body control and coordination to handle himself in space. However, he is a very streaky player due to bad habits with his upper and lower body technique. Miller tends to stop his feet at contact with soft, wandering hands, allowing rushers to work off initial contact and wrap his shoulder. Rosen suffered two concussions this past season and both were a result of inconsistent play by his left tackle.
A four-star offensive tackle recruit out of high school, Miller earned several First Team honors in the Sacramento area and was the most celebrated football player from Roseville since Tedy Bruschi in 1990. He received several Pac-12 offers, committing to UCLA over Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona and Arizona State.
After redshirting in 2014, Miller spent the majority of his redshirt freshman season as a back-up, filling in as a starter in five games down the stretch. He earned the starting right tackle job as a sophomore in 2016 and started the first five games before an injury ended his season. Miller moved over to left tackle as a junior and started all 13 games in 2017, earning Second Team All-Pac 12 honors.
Tall, proportionate frame. Balanced in his set-up and initial movements. Arm length to initiate contact when he wants. Comfortable in space with steady athleticism for his size. Wide base and does a nice job staying between the rusher and the quarterback. Core strength allows him to re-anchor after contact. Flashes the grip strength to shut down pass rushers. Gathers his weight and uses body lean to move bodies in the run game. Aware and locates blitzers. Fights through the whistle and always looking for work. Starting experience at both tackle positions. – Dane Brugler 1/12/2018
Forgets his feet at contact, allowing rushers to reset and blow past his shoulder. Labors to protect the corner vs. edge speed. Oversets and panics vs. inside moves. Tall pads and often caught hunched at the waist. Wide, sporadic hands with little consistency from snap-to-snap. Weak punch and often gives free access to his body. Doesn’t play with any body twitch and struggles vs. counter moves. Smaller rushers gave him headaches on tape. Will never be the low man as a run blocker. Durability was an issue prior to the 2017 season – missed the final seven games of 2016 due to a left leg injury (Oct. 2016). – Dane Brugler 1/12/2018
COMPARES TO: Rob Havenstein, Los Angeles Rams – A best-case projection, Miller isn’t as NFL-ready as Havenstein when he entered the league, but Miller has the mammoth size and enough athleticism to grow into a right tackle role.
IN OUR VIEW: Miller has the raw size, strength and movements that give him a chance in the NFL. He showed steady progression this past season as a junior, but pass rushers will eat him up until his mechanics and discipline improve.