Miles has the size and speed to play as a linebacker or as a safety for the team
that selects him. He has excellent instincts and burst to the play. He shows
quickness and the toughness needed to cover those big pass catching tight ends
and has good hands to intercept the ball. He is an excellent athlete with the
confidence and football intelligence to take on any type of challenge. Miles
will leave no doubt that he has tackled you. He comes at any running back or
receiver in the open field like he was shot out of a gun. Heís always around the
ball and is relentless trying to strip the ball from his opponent as he is
making a tackle on just about every play. Heís a play maker and shows the
leadership skills to be a coach on the field for your defensive backs. He
reminds me a lot of Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu because of his speed and the
football instincts to analyze a play with the pre-snap quickness needed to be an
impact player on defense. Miles has the speed to play as a single free safety
but also has the size and tenacity you want close to the line to help stop the
run when needed.
Miles has to clean up his tackling in the open field. Right now he is a penalty
nightmare spearing into players trying to separate them from the ball. He
doesnít do it all the time and, in general, is a very good tackler but there are
times he seems to play out of control. When a player plays out of control the
injury bug shows up and keeps good players like Miles off the field. You canít
make plays sitting in the trainerís room.
TALENT BOARD ROUND: 2
I think this kid is a big time player just waiting to get to the NFL.
The team that selects him will not be able to keep him off the field. He has so
much confidence and instincts that he shines the minute you see him on the
field. He makes two to four impact and momentum changing plays in almost every
game I have watch him play. If he is allowed to freelance just a little bit like
the Steelers allowed safety Troy Polamalu, you will see how impacting Miles can
be. Like I said, the potential to make plays and be a coach on the field with
Miles overall athletic talent and size makes it a no-brainer to draft this kid
early. Give him some time to get used to the faster life style of the NFL and to
learn the offenses in his division and watch him fly around your teamís defense
making plays all over the place. Trust me, just give him the ďsome timeĒ.