College: Southern Utah
College Stats: 356 tackles, 4 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, 3 interceptions, 3 blocked kicks.
Miles Killebrew is a player that stood out on the field and at the combine. Outside of a disappointing 40 yard run, he had 22 reps on the bench press, a 38 inch vertical leap, and a 127 inch broad jump. He was the top performer at safety in all three of those events.
Killebrew is a Henderson, Nevada native that was no slouch in the classroom. He was an engineering major while starting for three consecutive seasons at Southern Utah. His performances versus FBS competition was excellent with 6 very important tackles versus Utah State in the season opener. Killebrew saved his best for the end of the season with two separate 17 tackle games in the last five games.
With the size and strength he possesses, Killebrew comes to make tackles with bad intentions. He is a violent player that will make multiple massive hits over a season, but is also an excellent form tackler. He was able to dominate in a four year run that included over 130 tackles as a senior.
He has the rare ability to use his hands in an aggressive manner and play as an extra athletic linebacker in the secondary. He is also very good on special teams with three blocked kicks on his resume. Killebrew is more than willing to put his body on the line during kickoff coverage and other special teams spots as he learns to play safety at the NFL level.
An inability to instinctively know where the ball is going will hinder him. He has to see the play develop and struggles to immediately diagnose the play, putting him a step or two away from where he needs to be. Some of that can be fixed in learning to study film in a different way, but some of that is just natural ability.
Killebrew is a bit up and down with his speed. He ran a verified 4.42, but struggled to a 4.65 in the combine. He has to prove that he can continually run in the 4.5 or better range when the game gets started.
Where will Killebrew be drafted?
A safety that plays extremely physical with not regard to his body. What team does that immediately make you think of? That's right, the Pittsburgh Steelers. He would seem to fit in well with the Steelers defense as a physical safety that will play close to the line of scrimmage.
My prediction is the Steelers in the fourth round with the #123 pick.