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Baalke’s Film Review: Bruce Miller

Posted by Taylor Price on May 19, 2011 – 3:54 PM

“He’s wired like we want our guys wired… He plays the game 100-percent on every snap.”

In a nutshell, that just about sums up UCF defensive end Bruce Miller, the No. 211 overall selection of the 2011 NFL Draft and the newest 49ers fullback.

Trent Baalke offered that previously mentioned quote on the two-time Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year who will switch to the offensive side of the ball for his first season in the NFL.

Miller, a 6-foot-1, 248-pound sack specialist (led all active Division I players with 35.5 sacks in college) will have to become a blocking specialist in the pro ranks. But if his effort in college was any indication of what’s to come, the 49ers feel comfortable that Miller’s wiring will help him succeed at a new position.

“We think he can make the change,” the general manager stated at his review of the 2011 draft class.

Miller played tight end in high school and he recently demonstrated his catching talents for 49ers scouts who worked him out as a fullback before the draft.

Baalke described Miller as a try-hard player who “out-works people.”

He also said Miller’s role will be centered at fullback, but he can also play on special teams and potentially be a backup at outside linebacker.

Friday on Goal Posts, we’ll discuss the 49ers final seventh-round draft picks, Montana State tackle Michael Person and Florida A&M cornerback Curtis Holcomb.

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10 Responses to “Baalke’s Film Review: Bruce Miller”

  1. By tom@NJ on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    ????? Don’t we need help at both positions? Why convert this guy? Can’t you find a decent fullback? Don’t think it’s good idea in a lock out situation…thats all.

  2. By DaHawn49er on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    Another great fine for the 9ers, This guy can do so much for the team no matter where you play him,. Good job Baalke

  3. By lendogg714 on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    why the hell didnt they just draft hynoski???..or the other 5 big name fullbacks in the draft??..puzzles me..wouldnt u want to draft someone that knows the position already???

  4. By Kevin on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    Cmon now seriously, how many guys out of college are traditional fullbacks? Why not draft a guy that could lineup on defense, its not as if you don’t have one of if not the best coaches on the staff to help develop him into a FB and you dont have to use a high pick to do it. And Balke and JH wanted Mareic but he was drafted before they could take him.

  5. By Al on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    lendogg714 —

    If a guy is a motivated football player, learning a new position is not that tough. So, what are the differences in potential?

    Marecic 6’1″ 248 … 4.87 forty, 22 bench reps
    Hynoski 6’0″ 257 … 5.06 forty, 24 bench reps
    MILLER 6’1″ 254 … 4.81 forty, 35 bench reps

    Stronger, faster … case closed.

  6. By Juan on May 20, 2011 | Reply

    If he is that good defensively why make him into a FB? we can get someone else.

  7. By Lamar Osborne on May 22, 2011 | Reply

    How Can You Not Like A Pick Like This. We Drafted A “FOOTBALL PLAYER”. Put Him At Safety Or Kick Off For All I Care. He’s A Football Player. Im Sure We Can Find A Free Agent Fullback. Tell Me You Don’t Trust This Guy Leading The Way For Any Of Our RB’s Or Blocking For Our New Prized QB. Put Him At DE With J.Smith, Now You Have To None Stop Motors Setting The Edge And Getting After The QB, Not To Mention Aldon Coming From LB. Even Aldon And Miller At DE.GREAT PICK. For Years To Come If He’s At FB, Going Against A DL Like The Lions Have They Just Drafted Another Monster Who NEEDS A Double Team. Either Way,I Love The Pick, I Love Our Team, I Love My City. Uniforms???? Lets Go 94’s. We Didnt Finish That Era Of Uni’s Up. GO NINERS!!

  8. By J Parker on May 23, 2011 | Reply

    I like him as a 3rd and long OLB. He is already a proven player at that. Why change what works?

  9. By J Parker on May 26, 2011 | Reply

    If the 49ers were looking to convert someone to FB why not someone like Mario Harvey ILB out of Marshall , weighing 257 pounds with 4.46 speed that hits like a tank. Someone is going to get a steal with this guy when the lock out is over.

  10. By J A Boles on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    shades of Bill Walsh, remember when he converted RB Cooper to tight end? It worked. Many times Walsh spotted talent that had been overlooked and scored large. I like it.

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