2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Kendre Miller

  • Kendre Miller, 5-11/215

  • Running Back

  • TCU

  • Kendre Miller Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

  • Three-down starter ability
  • Natural running instincts
  • Supreme patience
  • Quick feet
  • Nose for the end end zone
  • Second gear to hit the next level
  • Gets yards after contact
  • Good body lean to run low
  • Bends at the knee
  • Runs behind his pads
  • Can create for himself
  • Good vision
  • Keeps feet going after contact
  • Has upside for passing game

  • Weaknesses:
  • Won’t just hit the hole
  • Will take some losses looking for big play
  • Not a good receiver at this time
  • Not currently a good blocker

  • Summary: Many thought the TCU backfield would take decline in potency in 2022 because Zach Evans has transferred out to Ole Miss. After all, Miller only totaled 137 carries over the previous two seasons while splitting carries with Evans. Miller, however, was phenomenal in 2022, rumbling for 1,342 yards and 17 touchdowns and averaging 6.2 yards per carry. He also took 16 catches for 116 yards. Miller was a huge part of TCU advancing to the National Championship game.

    There is a lot to like about Miller for the NFL, as he looks like a future three-down starter who could serve as the bell-cow of a rushing offense. Miller demonstrates very good running fundamentals, and his natural running instincts are spectacular. Miller possesses patience in spades to let holes develop. On top of being willing to wait, Miller has the vision to see lanes about to come open, and good body lean to run behind his pads. He has a second gear in the open field to break off long runs, and once he decides to go downhill, he has a burst to hit the hole quickly before it closes up.

    Miller tends to run North-South, and he is not an elusive runner who will juke defenders. With power and body lean, Miller does run through contact, keeping his legs going and finishes runs well. In the NFL, Miller should be a solid back to pick up yards after contact because he has good overall balance, strength, knee bend, and the abllity to run behind his pads. In short-yardage and goal-line situations, Miller is a touchdown machine, displaying a real nose for the end zone.

    For the passing game, Miller needs a lot of work, but he has upside to develop. Miller has to improve his route-running and blocking to become a three-down starter. There are times when Miller could stand to hit the hole hard, but his patience is such an uber-strength that one would not want to coach that out of him.

    Miller could be a second- or third-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Team sources think Miller has the potential to be a three-down starter. He is a tough runner with tremendous instincts and has the capacity to be a very good NFL starter with Pro Bowl potential.

    Player Comparison: Nick Chubb. Miller’s strong, compact build and downhill running style are reminiscent of Chubb. Chubb is faster, more elusive, and better in the passing game. If Miller develops, he could be a pro back similar to Chubb.


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