The look back at the 2009 Buccaneers draft class is coming to an end, next on this list is defensive tackle, Roy Miller. The Bucs selected the 6’2”, 310 lb. defensive tackle out of Texas to help anchor the defensive line for the Bucs and he did not disappoint.
Miller finished the season with 33 tackles and 2 sacks, playing in 15 games. Miller has incredible upper body strength and uses his hands well to lock up offensive lineman or fight off the block and chase down the quarterback; he has decent speed for a man his size. Miller is a very solid tackler, and is fairly explosive off the line and getting better. While he does have a good first step off the line, he does not run offensive lineman over, instead holding the line, allowing the linebackers to make plays, something the Bucs need. He isn’t the type of player that will rack up huge stats, but his pressence in the middle of the line is huge for the Bucs.
Miller comes into this season as a veteran force on the line, although he has only been in the league for two years. Veterans like Chris Hovan are now gone, so Miller is now part of one of the youngest defensive fronts (youngest teams in general) in the NFL, joining Brian Price and Gerald McCoy on the line. Miller and company have plenty of talent and raw skill, but are young and with no veterans around to help teach them or pick up the slack, the pressure is on Miller to lead the young play makers and anchor the defense in the years to come.
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