Former Morgan State Bears offensive tackle Joshua Miles has been invited to the NFL Combine. Miles hopes to be the first player since 2003 when tight end Visanthe Shiancoe was taken in the third round by the New York Giants to be drafted out of Morgan State.
Morgan State has had only 35 players drafted into the NFL starting all the way back to 1951. Since 1983 only Shiancoe has been taken from Morgan State. Miles will be in rare elite company in the Morgan State history if and when he is drafted. Miles is very confident that he will be drafted.
Miles from Randallstown Maryland and lives 15-20 minutes away from Morgan State. Location was not the only reason why Miles chose Morgan State.
“When I first went to Morgan State to visit it felt like it was a family, they were welcoming, it was like an instant brotherhood,” Miles said. “Other schools I visited did not feel that way.”
Miles has all the size to be an NFL offensive lineman at 6’6” 305 pounds. Miles is very athletic for a man his size. Foot work is important for offensive lineman and that is something Miles works on every day. Miles thinks he will do very well at all the drills at the combine.
Another thing that will work in Miles favor is his ability to adapt to different coaches. When Miles was at Morgan State he went through a lot of coaching changes. Miles’ position coach changed every year he was at Morgan State.
Miles athleticism also means he can be very versatile. Miles played guard in the East-West Shrine game. Miles was the first Morgan State player ever to be invited to play in the game and played very well. The East-West Shrine game is All-Star game of some of the best college football players in the nation. Miles said he gained a lot of confidence playing in it.
Tons of NFL scouts, coaches and former players attend the East-West Shrine game. Miles surely drew a lot of attention with his performance.
Miles is an NFL fanboy and extremely hard worker.
“I collected NFL jersey’s when I was growing up,” Miles said. “One day I woke up and I just knew and I told my mom that I am going to play in the NFL.”
Miles said he has collected over 50 NFL jerseys and is passionate about playing in the NFL. Whoever drafts Miles will not just get someone who is going to work his butt off but a good man. Miles is a Christian and gives a lot of credit for his success to God.
Miles has everything it takes to make it in the NFL and could be a very special story. I will continue to follow Miles on his journey to the NFL draft.