Jaguars SEC Interests

Jaguars SEC Interests

The Jacksonville Jaguars have scheduled visits for a pair of former SEC stars who share the same last name, who may be able to strengthen the roster if they are selected. Find out which players are coming to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium to visit the facilities.

With Jaguars current starting center Brad Meester getting up in years, the team may be looking to groom someone for the future in the middle of the offensive line. The Jaguars invited former University of Florida center Drew Miller to tour their facilities and meet with the coaching staff Monday afternoon. Miller was a member of the Gators National Championship team in 2006, as he started at right guard.

Among Miller's attributes are the versatility to play both center and guard positions, as well as a great work ethic. Miller has ample athleticism, and adequate burst. He is also considered a very intelligent player who is experienced at making line calls.

At this point, Scout.com has Miller rated as the eighth-best center in this years' draft, and NFL Draft Scout has him rated as the 11th best center prospect. Miller is slated to be a seventh-round pick or possibly a free agent.

So what keeps this former Gator big man from being a first-day selection? Miller is said to not play up to his weight room strength on the football field, and he can get blown off the ball by bigger, stronger defensive tackles. Miller reaches too much in pass blocking, and isn't much of a drive-blocker. His biggest negative attribute may be his lack of a mean streak.

Another prospect that has intrigued the Jaguars enough to offer a visit is former University of Georgia inside linebacker, Brandon Miller. Miller was a player that the Bulldogs coaching staff moved around on defense quite a bit in his career, and he was never really able to live up to his high potential with the constant position switches.

Miller has good size, at 6'2", 252 lbs., and has been clocked as low as 4.58 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Miller has good hands and instincts, but was never able to achieve the high billing he had when he came to UGA as a freshman, due much in part to his introverted nature.

Despite starting just seven games as a senior, Miller's head coach Mark Richt felt he was a primary component to the Bulldogs success. "Brandon Miller, he's the key to our whole defense in my opinion," Richt told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "If Brandon Miller can play big and lead the way he ought to, moving into the middle (linebacker) position, he's really going to be a key for us. He's very talented, he's very capable."

Miller's quiet nature hasn't enamored him to coaches while playing the middle linebacker role, as he must be the captain of the defense, and a vocal captain at that. Although he clearly had more talent than any of the other Bulldogs linebackers, Miller was in and out of the starting lineup. "It humbled me," said Miller. "I have to take command of this position."

Right now, Miller is slated to be an undrafted free agent rookie, and the Jaguars have seen enough of him from his film and pro day to where they would at least like to investigate further. Miller is a talented player, who isn't a great leader. He wouldn't have to be in Jacksonville.

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