Beavs' Miller drafted by KC, Quizz to Falcons

GABE MILLER

BEAVER GABE MILLER is headed to Kansas City. The Oregon State defensive end was selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the NFL Draft. But will he play d-end at the next level? Meanwhile, OSU running back Jacquizz Rodgers was taken a few picks later in the fifth round, by Atlanta.

Gabe Miller was the second Beaver selected in the NFL Draft.

After Stephen Paea was taken in Round 2 by the Bears, the Chiefs took Miller early in Round 5 with the 140th overall pick. Shortly after that, Jacquizz Rodgers was taken by Atlanta in the 5th round.

Miller had 44 tackles as a senior for the Beavs, with eight for loss and five sacks.

Miller, who began his OSU career at tight end before moving to defensive end prior to the 2009 season, is listed at 6-3, 242 pounds. Some think his best position might be more at a hybrid linebacker type spot in the pros.

The Chiefs play a 3-4 and the two deeps at the defensive end position is relatively young.

Listed as the defensive end starters on the Chiefs' 2010 depth chart were Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey.

Jackson is a second year pro out of LSU, checking in at 6-4, 296. Dorsey is 6-1, 297 and a third year pro, also out of LSU.

Backing them up were Wallace Gilberry and Shaun Smith. Gilberry (6-2, 268) is a third year pro out of Alabama. Smith was the elder statesman of the group with six years in the NFL. He's 6-2, 325 and came out of South Carolina.

Miller's selection before Quizz was something of a surprise to the internet gurus and draftnicks out there. An ESPN Analyst, shortly after Miller's selection, felt Quizz would "come off the board in the next 10-15 picks."

That proved to be prophetic, as Atlanta drafted Quizz with the 145th overall selection.

A two-time first team All Pac-10 selection and the first freshman ever to be selected Pac-10 Offensive MVP, Rodgers rushed for 3,862 yards in his three seasons at OSU, sixth most in Pac-10 history.

The depth chart for Atlanta in 2010 featured Michael Turner as the running back starter. Turner (5-10, 224) is an 8-year pro out of Northern Illinois. He rushed for 1,371 yards on 334 attempts in the regular season (4.1 ypc) with a long of 55 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Jason Snelling (5-11, 223) was No. 2 on the Falcons' depth chart. The five year pro out of Virginia rushed for 324 yards on 87 carries (3.7). Antone Smith was listed No. 3 on the depth chart but he had only one carry for the Falcons last year.

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