“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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