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UCLA’s Kolton Miller heading to NFL draft, signs with agent

By in Press Enterprise on January 3, 2018

By Thuc Nhi Nguyen

The first NFL draft domino to fall for UCLA wasn’t quarterback Josh Rosen. It was the quarterback’s personal protector instead.

Left tackle Kolton Miller will not return to UCLA for his senior year after the fourth-year junior signed with an agent at Octagon Football, the sports agency announced Tuesday. The 6-foot-8, 310-pound offensive lineman combines ideal size for a left tackle as well as athleticism that could make him a coveted pick in April’s NFL draft.

Adding another @UCLAFootball standout to our #NFLDraft class, proud to welcome Kolton Miller to the #OctagonFamily !! pic.twitter.com/pb1JexjntQ

— Octagon Football (@OctagonFootball) January 2, 2018

“I think he’s got the right body and he’s got the right mindset to be a great NFL player,” offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said of Miller before UCLA’s bowl game.

Miller missed seven games during his redshirt sophomore season due to a broken leg. The Roseville native got off to a slow start in his return this season, but finished as a second-team All-Pac-12 player during his first year at left tackle.

Miller’s departure leaves UCLA with only two returning starters from this year’s offensive line that trotted out the same starting lineup for all 13 games. With center Scott Quessenberry and left guard Najee Toran graduating, the entire left side of the line is gone. The Bruins return right guard Michael Alves and right tackle Andre James.

The group improved from 2016’s failure, which included the second-worst rushing offense in the country, but still allowed 29 sacks and blocked for just 113.4 rushing yards per game and 3.7 yards per carry, marks that ranked 11th and 10th in the Pac-12, respectively.

CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso projected Miller to go 19th overall to the Dallas Cowboys in a recent mock draft.

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