With the 138th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select ... Penn State defensive end Shareef Miller! That’s two Nittany Lions guys in one draft with Miles Sanders already in the fold.
The Eagles were bound to take a defensive lineman at some point in this year’s draft due to 1) the talent available and 2) how much they value pass rushers. Miller joins an Eagles defensive end room that already features Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Vinny Curry, Josh Sweat, Daeshon Hall, and Joe Ostman. The Eagles love to rotate their d-linemen so Miller could be a role player for Philly.
The Eagles also have Chris Long under contract but he’s been mulling retirement. Long said he told the Eagles to plan as if he wasn’t going to be around in 2019 and it seems like the Eagles are doing just that by drafting Miller.
The 22-year-old Miller finished his college career with 100 total tackles, 31.5 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, and one forced fumbled in 34 games played.
Scouting report via NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein:
Projection based defensive end who with good size and athletic traits but a lack of functional skill at this point. Miller doesn’t play with early, aggressive hands in the run game or as a rusher and that severely limits his consistency in both areas. His lack of instincts as a rusher is a concern, but improving his approach at the top of the rush should be coachable. He’s a rangy edge defender with moldable traits, but until he’ll be stuck in a holding pattern of “potential” until he develops his fundamentals.
NFL Comparison: Andre Branch
Draft Projection: Round 5
Spider graph via Mockdraftable:
Remaining Eagles draft picks
1st - No. 22 - OT Andre Dillard
2nd - No. 53 - RB Miles Sanders
2nd - No. 57 - WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside
4th - No. 138 - DE Shareef Miller
5th - No. 163
Eagles top remaining needs
Interior offensive line
2019 NFL Draft schedule
- Day 3: Rounds 4-6 – 5 Minutes Per Pick, Round 7 - 4 Minutes Per Pick
- (Compensatory picks = 4 minutes)
Grade the Eagles’ selection of Shareef Miller at No. 138 overall
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