Matt Miller works out everyday, despite other commitments. In fact, Miller worked out on his wedding day – something many would not be bold enough to do.
He laughs as he mentions how much support his wife and family have given him.
It all started back in his junior year at Division III Louisiana College, when a New Orleans Saints scout came down to watch him, measure him and submit him to the Wonderlic. After watching film, the scout made his report.
“I think I got a good write-up from him and from there it just kind of sparked 15 to 18 teams came through,” Miller told Scout.com’s Denis Savage in April of 2004. “It just blossomed from there.”
The interest snowballed from there. Seven teams came down to time Miller, including the Chiefs, Giants, Chargers and Packers. Miller looked at the whole process as being surreal.
“It really was. It has always been a dream of mine to play in the NFL. It didn’t seem like it would actualize until teams starting coming in every week.”
Miller has since run a 5.2 on grass, a 5.08 on the track and benched 225 a solid 31 times.
Despite the talk, Miller was running against the odds. Mr. Irrelevant, Ryan Hoag, was the only Division III player selected in 2003. “They wonder if I can make the transition,” Miller says honestly. “I feel like, in my mind, I will be able to. There is no doubt.”
While he played tackle in college, he is projected at guard in the NFL. That is one of the things that will hurt his chances of getting drafted. Miller cites his height as the reason for the move.
“I have been measured at 6-4, which is not necessarily as tall as most tackles in the NFL,” Miller confessed in 2004. “Our bread and butter was the tackle-guard counter. Teams that have shown the most interest say they really like the way I pull. I think that is the main thing that attracts me as a guard.
“From what I have been told, I will almost definitely be at the guard spot in the NFL.”
His college coach, Marty Secord, always believed Miller had a decent shot at the next level. “Some are going to label him a developmental player,” Secord said. “They’re going to say he dominated our league (the American Southwest Conference), but he hasn’t faced good competition.”
Miller earned second team All-Louisiana honors, with Louisiana College the only Division III football school in the state (the restbeing Division I schools). He also earned American Southwest Conference tri-offensive lineman of the year, 1st team All-American Southwest Conference, Named to d3football.com’s All-American team (2nd team), and Don Hansen’s football Gazette All-Southern Regional team.
He also helped pave the way for the Conference's regular-season leading rusher, Wayne Davis (1381 yards), including Wayne’s record breaking game in which he gained 322 yards against McMurry in 2003.
Miller went undrafted in 2004 and signed a free-agent contract with the Chiefs in time for training camp. Released on August 31, he was re-signed with Kansas City on October 13 and found a place on the Chiefs’ developmental squad. The Chiefs then designated him for assignment to the Frankfurt Galaxy of the NFL Europe League.
Signed by the Seahawks on July 7 (terms unknown at this time), Miller has another shot to make his NFL dreams happen when Seattle’s training camp opens on July 29.
(Scout.com's Denis Savage contributed to this report.)
SCOUT.COM 2004 PROSPECT PROFILE - MATT MILLER
Name: Matt Miller School Louisiana College Year 5Sr
Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 303 40: 5.25 Pos: G
Bio: Moved into the starting lineup as a red-shirt freshman and has been an All American on a small school level for the past three seasons.
Positives: Dominant, small school right tackle prospect who projects to guard. Quick off the snap, jolts opponents with his hands then turns them out from the action. Nasty, works to finish off defenders and forceful in all aspects. Adequate skills sliding out to protect the edge or blocking on the move. Coachable player known as a self-starter and hard worker.
Negatives: Plays with a narrow base, lacks a dominant lower body and does not drive opponents up the line of scrimmage.
Analysis: A four-year starter that has not missed any time due to injury, Miller has been both dominant and durable. Needs time to adjust to a greater level of play but has both the physical capabilities and mental attitude to succeed at the next level.