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2013 NFL Draft Profile: WR Jamal Miles

The versatile Miles has some intriguing tools, but can that overcome the drawbacks of a dreadful senior season?


Arizona State's Jamal Miles put on quite the show as a junior in 2011.

Whether it was on the ground, through the air, or on special teams, he made play after play for the Sun Devils, thereby raising expectations for his senior year.

Unfortunately, he never was able to get on track in Mike Norvell's offense, and Miles was a non-factor for much of the year. Nevertheless, he has some intriguing tools that surely have caught the notice of many front offices in the NFL.

Height: 5-foot-9

Weight: 188 pounds

College Career: Played in seven games as a true freshman, totaling 71 yards of total offense and averaging 19.7 yards on his 31 kick returns. Caught 25 passes 203 yards and four touchdowns in 2010, and added 63 yards and two touchdowns rushing. Also returned one of his three kickoffs 99 yards for a touchdown, and averaged 8.6 yards on his 29 punt returns. Broke out as versatile threat in 2011, with 60 receptions for 361 yards and six touchdowns receiving, 237 yards rushing, two kickoff return touchdowns, one punt return touchdown, and even threw a touchdown pass. As a senior in 2012, had 37 receptions for 373 yards, and saw his return averages fall sharply: 21.8 on kickoffs and 8.8 on punts. Nevertheless, he did become ASU's all-time leader in kickoff return yardage.

Strengths: Miles is a speedy and shifty player with the ball in his hands. He has good speed, having run a 4.4 in the 40 at ASU's Pro Day, and is able to make people miss in the open field. Miles is able to accelerate quickly, which has helped his success on punt returning. An effective receiver out of the backfield, Miles has good vision to see holes developing. He also is a versatile player, and can be used creatively on offense to get him the ball in space. Perhaps his most immediate value will come with his ability to be an impact player as both a punt and kickoff returner.

Weaknesses: As a wide receiver, Miles struggled with two major facets of the position in 2012. He often had issues with drops, and his route running still needs a lot of work. He will need to increase his physicality and willingness to go over the middle at the NFL level. Miles also had some issues with discipline, as he was suspended for the 2011 Maaco Bowl and the 2012 season opener. Teams will need to monitor his mental focus.

Outlook: Miles' speed, agility, and versatility should become attractive to some teams, who could shift him around at wide receiver, running back and as a return specialist. He will need to dedicate himself to improving his game, but he could find his way onto a practice squad with a strong camp showing.

Round Projection: 7th-undrafted

Bold Prediction: Priority free agent, signed by New England Patriots