2018 Raiders Draft Profile

Name: Kolton Miller

Position: OT

School: UCLA

Height: 6’8”

Weight: 309 pounds

 

Stats:

2 sacks surrendered in 544 snaps

 

Pass Blocking

When looking at Miller versus the pass rush, active hands and feet will grab attention. At the snap, Miller generates average knee bend. In addition, he uses a sturdy base to maintain proper balance and technique. More importantly, Miller mirrors and counters secondary pass rush moves. In the video, the end tries to set Miller up for an inside rush by initially flowing wide. Miller anticipates this, using hands to steer the rush away from an inside move. In addition, to his lateral quickness, Miller’s reach allows his to keep defenders at bay. Moreover, his reach negates most swim moves. Occasionally, facing a much wider rush, Miller will lurch toward the end. Rushers with perimeter burst will test him. Overall, this is the most polished part of his game.

Run Blocking

While not as polished in the run game, Miller improved during his stay in Los Angeles. First, adding size will help him drive through defenders. For a taller lineman, Miller began to play behind his pads. Yet, he must do this on a consistent basis. When he does sink his hips, defenders find themselves in a tough spot. As a result, defenders cannot disengage to make the stop.

Strength

For Miller to realize his potential, he must continue to add weight and power. While athleticism got him this far, brute strength will carry him through.

Scheme

Miller played in the zone-blocking scheme, which aligns with the preference of Tom Cable, the new offensive line coach.

 

Raiders Fit

In reality, Donald Penn’s career is winding down. Although Reggie McKenzie selected David Sharpe last year, the opportunity to draft a potentially dominant left tackle remains rare. With Miller’s size and agility, combined with his footwork, the Raiders need to consider drafting him. Granted, he may not start on the left side for a couple years. However, Miller solves the revolving door at right tackle until the Raiders move to Las Vegas. In a division with Bosa, Miller, Ford, and Houston, tackles are a need. The Raiders invested 125 million dollars in their quarterback. Ensuring his blindside protection is a must.

 

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