Feb 26, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami Hurricanes running back Lamar Miller runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Currently I'm participating in a live mock draft ongoing at mockone.net with some of the guys over at gritsblitz.com. Matt (@mFalcons), Zach (@GBBZach) and I have made two selections so far for the Falcons in this most recent edition, and I'd like to hear some of your thoughts on ours picks.
Round 2: Lamar Miller, RB, The U
Believe me, none of us thought we would ever be considering Miller. He's an explosive back (he reportedly ran a 10.56 in the 100 meters in high school) who is a threat to take it all the way on any given play. Miller posted a 4.40 40 time at the NFL Combine, but his speed isn't the only quality that makes him a potential first-round prospect.
He's elusive, great in the open field and consistently gets positive yardage. I watched the entire Ohio State-Miami game this past year, and Miller continued to blow me away throughout the game. Somehow he always finds a hole in the line and bursts right through.
Yes, we know Atlanta needs to focus on other areas at this point, but Miller was just too good of a value to pass up. Honestly, grabbing him at the end of Round 2 is a steal. Michael Turner can still churn out yards each game, but Miller would provide a solid three-down back for the future. Go ahead and fill the boards with outrage over this one if you'd like.
Round 3: Ladarius Green, TE, UL-Lafayette
I've been big on Green for awhile, so this pick shouldn't come as a surprise. He's big (6'6"), he's fast (4.53 40 time) and he knows how to get open.
There are definitely some things he needs to work on, like blocking and route-running, but there is so much potential with this guy. His natural athleticism fits the current standard for tight ends, and his size provides an easy target for any QB.
I know a lot of you have been on board with picking up Green, but Miller is a player who hasn't even been mentioned in the past. He and Chris Polk were still available at pick No. 55 of our mock, something I've rarely seen. How do you feel about these two?