Some decisions by players to enter the NFL draft come as a surprise. The Auburn Tigers coaching staff received one of those surprises Tuesday.
Offensive tackle Patrick Miller decided to forgo his final season at Auburn to join the professional ranks.
“Pat Miller has decided to make himself eligible for the NFL draft and pursue his goals to become an NFL player,” Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement, via the Ledger-Enquirer. “I want to thank Pat for his contributions to the Auburn football program during his three years. I’m excited for Pat and wish him the best.”
It’s an surprise move, because Miller was never a full-time starter with the Tigers.
The offensive lineman was a highly-regarded four-star recruit in the 2012 class. However, Miller never lived up to expectations. The junior started 19 games over three seasons and struggled to overcome competition, a suspension and injuries.
Miller’s career seemed to end on a sour note once freshman Braden Smith started at right tackle for the Outback Bowl against the Wisconsin Badgers.
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