Another former Penn State star will continue is football career in the state of Pennsylvania.
On Friday night, running back Miles Sanders was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles with the No. 53 overall pick. Saturday afternoon, defensive end Shareef Miller was also selected by the Eagles with the 138th pick.
It’ll be a homecoming for Miller, who is a native of the Philadelphia area.
Miller decided to forgo his final season in State College after a monster junior year. The defensive ended racked up 15 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks last season for the Nittany Lions, ranking second on the team in both categories.
In three years with Penn State, Miller registered 31.5 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks.
There’s a lot to like about Miller, particularly his speed and explosiveness off the line. He meets the ball-carrier early and has some serious potential considering his athleticism.
But scouts did knock Miller for a lack of fundamental skill and his lack of moves and hand activity to shed offensive linemen. Still, he’s got a strong upside and could have a solid career in the right environment.
We’ll see if his hometown team is the right fit.