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2019 NFL Draft: Atlanta Falcons select Jordan Miller in fifth round

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons selected former Washington defensive back Jordan Miller with the 172nd overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Miller is the second defensive back the Falcons have drafted on Day 3, joining former Ohio State speedster Kendall Sheffield.

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WHY HE FITS

As is the case with Sheffield, Miller adds depth to the Falcons' secondary with the upside to have a bigger future role. At 6-foot-1 and 186 pounds, Miller has good size and great length at the cornerback position. During his final two seasons at Washington, Miller recorded 49 tackles, 10 pass defenses, four interceptions and three forced fumbles.

SCOUTING REPORT

Miller was an effective press corner during his career at Washington, and he has the necessary athleticism to do the same in the NFL. Adding size to his frame would benefit Miller as a professional, but he has a track background and is explosive when he needs to be. Miller does a good job mirroring his assignment, especially vertically down the field. There are areas Miller needs to improve as a player, including his tackling, but he clearly possesses solid traits at the position to play in the Falcons' scheme.

DRAFT GRADES

CBSSports.com

  • Grade: A-
  • Comment: "Kind of the forgotten man in Washington's talented secondary, Miller has great size and explosiveness, plus he works decently well in press and can make plays in zone. Ball skills are good, not great, and he plays stiff too often."

Mike Tanier, Bleacher Report

  • Grade: B
  • Comment: "Miller was overshadowed by Byron Murphy and Taylor Rapp for the Huskies, but when his teammates limited their pro day participation (they had little to gain), Miller put on a show. Like approximately 3,000 other cornerbacks in this class, he's tall (6'1"), long-armed, timed well in the 40 (4.49 seconds) and takes the "hope they run to the opposite side of the field" approach in run support. It's hard to project a No. 2 college cornerback with a great safety behind him into the NFL, but the Falcons have a lot of spots to fill in their secondary, and Miller has the raw tools to succeed."

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