Our scouting report series continues with the Detroit Lions' 2013 undrafted free agents. Next up is Steven Miller.
RB Steven Miller (Appalachian State) - UDFA
The Detroit Lions have two rookies from Appalachian State this year. One of them is running back Steven Miller, who signed with the Lions as an undrafted free agent. Miller may only be 5-foot-7, but he has generated a lot of buzz since joining the Lions thanks to his athleticism.
Miller took a pre-draft visit with the Lions on April 17. Punter Sam Martin, who was teammates with Miller in college, also visited the Lions, and he ended up being drafted by them.
What the experts are saying
NFL.com (Gil Brandt on Miller's pro day):
Miller worked out as a running back and returned punts. He went 4.52 in the 40 and posted a 43-inch vertical leap. Miller clocked in a 4.19 in the short shuttle and racked up 15 strength lifts.
2011: 76 carries, 380 yards, 3 TD, 13 catches, 132 yards, 1 TD
2012: 239 carries, 1,368 yards, 11 TD, 34 catches, 377 yards, 4 TD
Outlook for 2013
Miller will try to make the team as one of the final running backs on the roster. Really, his play on special teams will be the most crucial part of his bid to survive the final round of cuts. If he becomes the team's returner, for example, Miller will be kept around regardless of what he's able to do on offense. Even if he doesn't make the team, Miller could stick around as a member of the practice squad.
Previous scouting reports:
Draft picks: DE Ezekiel Ansah, CB Darius Slay, OG Larry Warford, DE Devin Taylor, P Sam Martin, WR Corey Fuller, RB Theo Riddick, TE Michael Williams
UDFAs: QB Alex Carder