Dallas Cowboys Round Five – Ventrell Miller – Linebacker – Florida
The keyword for the Dallas Cowboys in this draft is DEPTH! Linebacker is no exception and can be argued that it is the second biggest need for this team. Micah Parsons may have been drafted as a linebacker but the Cowboys have fully committed to trying to use him as an edge. Late in the season, Micah had to be moved back to linebacker at times due to injury and poor play by Anthony Barr.
With Anthony Barr hitting free agency and unlikely to be resigned due to poor play, Ventrell Miller would be plug-and-play at the Will position in Dan Quinn’s 4-3 defense. Miller is a compact-built linebacker who excels against the run and is a ferocious tackler with a high motor who plays through the whistle.
Ventrell is listed as a Mike linebacker but lacks the size and arm length desired at the position. Hence, moving him to the Will position where he can showcase his elite and powerful tackling. He also will need to build his strength as he enters the pros while working on and honing his pass coverage skills. Overall, Miller is a physical and willing tackler who will meet opposing running back and defenders in the hole.
Previously a sixth-round pick in my last mock draft, Miller has shown enough on film and in his leadership to bump him up a round. With the uncertainty at the LB position with Vander Esch still a free agent, Miller could fill in on early downs in his first year.