Today's 2013 NFL Draft prospect profile is centered around a Division II player the New York Giants have shown some interest in during the pre-draft process.
I did not spend any time watching Rontez Miles during the season so this profile is based off what I could find from nflmocks.com and others, as well as talking to a few people who follow lower level prospects more than I do.
Good size with long arms and huge hands (6-foot,203 pounds with 32 7/8-inch arms and 10.25 inch hands). MIles showcased superior athleticism on film, and measured solidly at the combine -- 4.62 int eh 40-yard dash is about average speed for a safety at the combine. Miles was a force in the run game and has blocked a number of punts in college (as you will see in the highlight video).
Played low level competition and was at one point there were allegations of possession of marijuana and driving without a license. He has a tendency to over pursue some run plays. He's better in run support than he is as a back end safety, and for the start of his career he is likely to be a special teams ace while he develops his game at the NFL level.
Player comparison: Jimmy Wilson (Bleacherreport's Matt Miller), T.J. Ward (nflmocks.com)
Does He Fit With The Giants?
Sure. Any late-round prospect has value to certain teams in different situations most are slated to be special team players who could develop into starters. The Giants have shown some interest in Miles and they always are looking for guys who can be very good at special teams and Miles is well built, with solid speed so he has a chance to stick as a special team guy who develops into a good player. I'd guess that he's more of a free agent signee candidate for the Giants than a draft pick, but who knows for sure?
Big Board Rankings
He's projected as a late-round draft pick or priority free agent.
The draft picks you're really concerned about as far as immediate impact players are generally the guys in the first three rounds -- sometimes much more so for other teams, almost all of the rest of the players are developmental guys and special teams players to begin with. Of course there are those who rise above. With that being said, MIles is an intriguing player because he was dominant against his competition and has a lot of strength and length for a safety. He looks like an in the box type who could be a very good special teams player.
Also be sure to check out this Mike Garafolo piece on him
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