Kendre Miller, Junior, TCU – Third Round in the 2023 NFL Draft (projected)
One of the biggest reasons for TCU’s tremendous success in 2022 is Kendre Miller, who has premium talent that may be available without breaking the bank. While he comes with a few question marks, his upside makes him worth a roll of the dice.
Miller rushed for 1,399 yards and 17 touchdowns, averaging 6.2 yards per carry on his way to All-Big 12 First Team honors. He helped fuel the Horned Frogs’ offense in a historic year for the program. At 220 pounds, he’s a bullish runner who doesn’t fumble the football much.
However, Miller will slip in the draft due to a late-season knee injury that forced him to miss the College Football Playoff national championship against Georgia. Because of that, a team that doesn’t need him to step in and start right away could see a lot of future benefits from selecting him.
Miller has plenty of time to mature, as he doesn’t turn 21 until this June. He could follow the same blueprint that Titans Pro-Bowler Derrick Henry did – serving as a backup early on, before assuming the starting role later.
Right now, Miller is projected as an early third-round pick, but it might be worth it for a team like Cleveland or Las Vegas to step up a round to grab him earlier. Both are situations where he could contribute as a valuable backup.