Ryan Miller Bio and Draft Profile - 2012 University of Colorado Draft Class
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Ryan Miller Offensive Guard Prospect 2012 NFL Draft
Ryan Miller Came to CU out of Columbine High School as one of the most highly touted instate lineman prospects in recent history as well as the most highly regarded prospect in Dan Hawkins first full recruiting class and the first Rivals 5 Star recruit to sign with CU in a number of years. Regarded as the Number 2 player at his position in the nation by rivals. Miller out of high school projected as a near immediate starter at left tackle a guy projected to grow to well over 300lbs and anchor the left side of our line for years to come before being an early round NFL draft pick. Like many things in the Dan Hawkins Error though it didn't quite work out that way.
A Look back at Ryan Miller's Early Career:
Ryan Miller's Recruiting Profile
As expected Ryan Miller did come in and start his freshman year, although not right away, his first action was in the final non-conference game where CU thumped Miami of Ohio. Miller did secure a spot in the starting line up at Tackle for the second half season opener and wound up starting 7 games including CU's lone bowl appearance of Dan Hawkins Tenure. MIoller's Career looked to be off to a bright start earning Frosh All-American and All Big-12 honors. Unfortunately for Ryan his Sophomore season was defined by a brutal leg injury and medical hardship waiver for the season. Combined with the injury and the loss of a well regarded coach in Jeff grimes during his red-shirt Soph season things started to go a little sideways for Miller. Moved from tackle to guard and then to right tackle during his Rs-Soph season Miller did on the whole play well for CU grading out as our second best lineman and again making all-big 12 and All-American honors lists. Ryan's Jr season saw him firmly planted at right guard playing every snap for the year and again making a number of award lists including the Out-Land trophy watch list along with fellow line mate Nate Solder.
Ryan was blessed with yet another set of coaches for his Senior season and showed up to camp having dropped 20+ lbs in an effort to improve his speed and quickness for new offensive line Coach Steve Marshall who focuses on much more athletic linemen. Over the course of this season Miller made a number of award and watch lists and came in to the season ranked as one of the very best guard prospects in the country. The change to a scheme and 3rd coaching change of his career were a lot for Miller to overcome but despite that fact and a massive number of injuries to the O-line Miller still graded out as our top lineman and finished as an AP All-American award recipient.
NFL Draft Stock:
Ryan Projects as a mid round pick in this years draft
Recent Awards, News and Events:
Ryan Miller invited to the East/West Shrine Game
Ryan Miller at the NFL Combine
From CUBuffs.com: Ryan was born on July 6, 1989 in Littleton, Colo. His hobbies include outdoor sports such as four-wheeling and camping, playing the drums and line dancing; he also is an avid kite flyer, something he's done since he was four years old, and was a Boy Scout, where he picked up another hobby, making arrowheads out of stone. As noted in our profile Ryan committed to Colorado midway through his senior season (October 25).