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Jets select...Justin Miller CB,CLEMSON
Justin Miller, CB, Clemson
Height: 5:10.3 Weight: 202
Overview: An exciting big-play specialist, Miller joins Bobby Gage (1945-48) as the only Clemson players to ever score a touchdown on a kickoff return and a punt return. The talented junior has proven to be a dangerous threat as a return artist, holding the school's career-record with a kickoff return average of 30.7 yards. The Kentucky native was a USA Today honorable mention All-American as a senior at Owensboro High School. He also added Super Prep All-American honors and was rated the second-best high school football player in the state of Kentucky by that recruiting service. Justin added All-State, All-Area, All-Conference and All-Region honors as a junior and senior. He rushed for 814 yards and 21 touchdowns, caught 19 passes for 498 yards and six scores, had eight interceptions and 19 pass breakups to go with 48 tackles and returned three kickoffs for touchdown in fifteen games as a senior. He also ran a 10.6 in the 100m in track and won the state title in the long jump as a junior with a jump of 23'4". Miller was a unanimous Freshman All-American selection in 2002. He led the Atlantic Coast Conference and ranked fifth in the nation with a school season-record tying eight interceptions, matching the mark first set by Robert O'Neal in 1989. Justin also ranked third in the conference in passes defended (17), as he also tallied nine pass break-ups. He totaled 61 tackles (43 solos) with two forced fumbles. On special teams, Miller collected 456 yards and a touchdown on thirteen kickoff returns. His return average of 35.1 yards broke the old school season-record of 32.11 yards by Terrence Roulhac in 1986. He started every game at cornerback in 2003, posting 54 tackles (45 solos) with two stops for losses, two interceptions, thirteen pass deflections and a forced fumble. He also helped the team rank among the national leaders in return yardage, as he totaled 417 yards on 17 kickoff returns (24.5 avg) and 73 yards on eight punt returns (9.1 avg) with a touchdown. In addition to earning All-ACC honors on the field, he was also an Academic All-ACC choice. Miller picked up All-American honors in 2004, as he scored three times on special teams. Miller had 20 kickoff returns for 661 yards (33.1 avg) and a pair of scores, adding 339 yards and a touchdown on 26 punt returns (13.0 avg). He recorded 54 tackles (46 solos) with three interceptions and also deflected nine passes. Miller left Clemson with many records and top-ten school rankings. He had thirteen interceptions for his three seasons, third in Clemson history behind College Football Hall of Fame Inductee Terry Kinard (17, 1978-82) and Fred Knoebel (15, 1950-52). Miller also ranks fourth in Clemson history in career passes defended with 44 on 13 interceptions and 31 passes broken up. Only Donnell Woolford (54), Robert O'Neal (49) and Kinard (47) have a higher figure in Clemson history. He is the school's career leader in kick returns for touchdowns with five and in terms of kickoff return average. His 30.68-yard career average on 50 returns is the best in ACC history and the fourth best in NCAA history. He finished with 169 tackles (134 solos), a sack, two stops behind the line of scrimmage and three forced fumbles. Miller gained 1,534 yards on 50 kickoff returns. Only Derrick Hamilton (1552, 2001-03) gained more yards in school annals. He also piled up 412 yards on 34 punt returns (12.1 avg) and 94 yards on his 13 pass thefts.
Analysis: Positives...Has a lean, but muscular frame with good arm definition, tight waist, good bubble and knotted calves...Has excellent timed speed and is fluid and light on his feet...Looks graceful working in space, showing fluid change of direction agility and very good acceleration coming out of his breaks...Tough competitor with a winning temperament...Shows good ball recognition skills and has no problems taking the plays from the board to the field (earned conference academic honors)...Can diagnose the play without hesitation and has good instincts locating the ball...Shows good plant-and-drive skills with a very good burst to close...Has the ability to close on receivers, showing quickness coming out of his breaks...Gets good elevation going up for the ball and has the hands and aggressive nature to take the ball away from receivers...Has good hip swivel and body control in transition, possessing a fluid backpedal...Shows good zone awareness and the speed to quickly cover ground, but could whip his head around quicker on turns...Can snatch or pluck the high throws and displays the ability to secure the ball away from the body's frame...Opens his hips properly and has the burst to stay with receivers on long routes...Despite a lack of ideal power, he can deliver crunching open field tackles and is good at attacking the ball and causing fumbles.
Negatives...Showed marked improvement in 2004 after having a poor season as a tackler in 2003...Makes a good effort to take the receivers and ball carriers down, but is more of a collision type tackler and lacks proper wrap-up technique...Quick to spot the ball, but will get a little over aggressive and this causes him to out-run the play...Does give good effort in run support, but is best making tackles on the move, as he lacks the strength and bulk to face up to blockers at the point of attack...Needs to use his hands better to shed...When he tries to fill the rush lane, he lacks the "sand in his pants" to take on the offensive linemen...When he goes low to make the tackle, he will usually miss...Good striker, but lunges at the opponent rather than get position before making the hit (will knock the ballcarrier back when he gets a good bead on him, though)...Has good man coverage skills, but needs to stay on the receiver's up field shoulder on climbing drags and slants.
Agility tests: 4.43 in the 40-yard dash...36-inch vertical jump...330-pound bench press...260-pound power clean.
High school: Attended Owensboro (Ky.) High School, playing football for coach Gordan Powers... USA Today honorable mention All-American as a senior...Tom Lemming Prep All-American (ranked as the 11th-best defensive back in the nation according to Lemming)...Super Prep All-American, which ranked Miller as the ninth-best skill athlete in the nation and the second-best player in Kentucky...Atlanta Journal-Constitution Top-75 player in the South... Ranked among the top-20 defensive backs in the nation by Rivals.com...All-State, All-Area, All-Conference and All-Region as a junior and senior...Rushed for 814 yards and 21 touchdowns, caught 19 passes for 498 yards and six scores, had eight interceptions and 19 pass breakups to go with 48 tackles and returned three kickoffs for touchdowns as a senior...Also lettered in track...Ran a 10.6 in the 100m in track and won the state title in the long jump as a junior with a jump of 23'4".
Personal: Sports Management major...Born Justin M. Miller on 2/14/84 (Valentine's Day).
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excellent value pick.