Rontez Miles: 2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report for the California (Pa.) Safety

From Bleacher Report - NFL
April 1, 2013 - 10:10pm

This year's crop of safeties is headlined by surefire first-rounder Kenny Vaccaro and small-school stud Jonathan Cyprien.But the draft is a lot deeper than just two players, and California University of Pennsylvania's Rontez Miles is a late-round pick looking to make it big in the NFL.  StrengthsMiles only knows one speed—fast. He gets to the ball quickly and isn't shy about throwing his body around. Miles punishes wide receivers who are hung out to dry. When the ball is in the air, Miles looks to deliver the big blow to jar the ball loose.He's certainly an impressive athlete, capable of being a difference maker against the run and the pass.  WeaknessesSometimes playing with the pedal to the metal can get a player into trouble. Miles tends to overpursue when he's sizing someone up for a big hit.While he may be one of the most powerful defensive backs in this year's draft, he could be flirting with disaster if he continues to be a head hunter at the NFL level.Also, tracking the ball in the passing game is not one of Miles' best attributes.  ToolsAt nearly six feet, 203 pounds, Miles boasts an impressive build for the free safety position. Combine his size with his physical nature, and Miles should find the field early on special teams at the professional level.  Character/IntangiblesMiles was recruited by some SEC schools but originally committed to Kent State, as he wanted to play with his stepbrother. But poor academic perfo...


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