The Arizona Cardinals are finally dipping into the pool of young talent, at least partially, this week as things turn towards the future while still competing in the present.
While everyone loves the idea that Robert Nkemdiche is going to get some playing time, and is apparently playing well, the player I am most excited about just got the call up to the show.
Harlan Miller, the Arizona Cardinals sixth round pick in 2016 was supposed to be one of those young players making an impact on special teams and making the move into the roster as the calendar turned to December.
Well, as we all are aware of now, that never happened.
Now though, we could see Miller get his chance.
He was thought of highly coming off a strong week at the Senior Bowl, but then the combine struck and people began to get nervous, from NFL.com:
With his abundance of energy and tenacious playing style, it's hard not to love watching Harlan Miller play. While Miller is a willing tackler and shows the feet to mirror and match in space, his poor speed and quickness testing at the NFL Scouting Combine raises serious questions when combined with his thin frame.
Bleacher Report had to say this:
The top small-school cornerback in the 2016 draft class, Harlan Miller impressed on tape against Southland Conference competition but really made a name for himself during Senior Bowl week. A feisty, physical cornerback with great play strength and a mean streak in press coverage, Miller has the goods to carve out a long pro career.
Miller was one of my favorite picks in the Arizona Cardinals draft because he is just a bulldog in coverage. He is sticky, he covers well despite a lack of quickness or long speed in the metrics.
He is a competitor and will bring a feisty demeanor to the secondary and special teams coverage.