The Falcons had the perfect press cover 3 cornerback fall right into their laps with their second fifth-round pick in Washington’s Jordan Miller.
The tall, long corner does well in press coverage and is a physical kind of defender that they haven’t had in the secondary for a minute. Miller should see some playing time in 2019 if injuries set in but will be used primarily on special teams as a rookie. Here’s how he fits in Atlanta.
With Desmond Trufant, Isaiah Oliver, Damontae Kazee and Kendall Sheffield on the depth chart ahead of him, Miller won’t be asked to do much in 2019 outside of special teams unless there’s a lot of injuries.
Miller has some technical things to work through and needs to become more of a ball hawk before he sees more playing time. Early on, he’ll be a gunner on special teams and should be focused on running down the field and hitting people as hard as he can. Atlanta made a good pick here and should have a long-term fit for a reserve and special teams corner.
Miller is a player who jumps into piles and seeks out contact. He plays a physical brand of football that will make Dan Quinn smile. He wasn’t a captain in Washington, but he was a good teammate who kept his nose clean off the field.
Long term, Miller has a Jeremy Lane-type career projection where he plays a lot of special teams and works hard as a reserve as a rookie. Then, later on, he’ll be able to play in the starting lineup as a third or fourth-year player. He could either be an average NFL starter or a great pro backup and special teams player.