The Cleveland Browns continued to add depth to their offensive line when they selected guard Ryan Miller from the University of Colorado with the 25th pick in the fifth round (No. 160 overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft.
In drafting Miller, the Browns took a player who learned early in his career what it meant to play with a mean streak on an offensive line.
“I really try to play aggressive; I try to play nasty; I try to play vicious; I try to play till the whistle blows,” Miller said. “I may not be the most technically sound, but I’ll give you my all. I’ll bleed, fight, claw, scratch to get the job done. I think it came from high school when we ran the ball every play and just having the country boy mentality that nothing in life is easy and you get what you work for. It’s always just kind of been do-or-die for me.”
In addition to his aggressiveness, Miller is a 6-foot-7, 321-pound offensive lineman and a former high school wrestler with experience as both a guard and tackle.
“I think it gives me a lot more power in the legs,” Miller said. “I can really bend and extend that leverage out on guys on the inside. With that height, I also bring long arms. They took me as an O-lineman; I’ll play guard or tackle. One of my better suits is that I’m versatile.”
Miller was a rare college athlete, in that he was the ninth player out of nearly 2,000 lettermen to earn five letters at Colorado. He missed eight games in 2008 with a broken fibula, but had played in four games, which was enough time on the field to earn a varsity letter.
Despite the early setback due to injury, Miller set the Colorado’s record with 47 games played, 48 including the 2007 Independence Bowl. Former inside linebacker Jordon Dizon set the old mark of 45 games, while two offensive players played in 44 total games.
“Early on in my sophomore year, I got hit with a few injuries, but you learn from them,” Miller said. “You learn that not everything’s going to go smooth and you adapt. That’s what happened and I’ve been injury-free for awhile.”
As a senior, Miller played 850 of Colorado’s 851 offensive snaps. The one snap he missed allowed another senior offensive lineman to finish the game against the University of Arizona. Having gained the experience he did at Colorado, Miller is looking forward to continuing his football career with the Browns.
“I know the speed of the game is much faster than in college, but there’s really two ways to play football, run the ball and pass the ball,” Miller said. “Each team kind of has some similarities, whether it be NFL, college, high school. A power’s a power, a zone is a zone and a deep ball’s a deep ball.”