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Lions selected Southern Utah S Miles Killebrew with the No. 111 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Killebrew (6'2/217) was a four-year starter, earning first-team All-Big Sky as a senior. Although Killebrew managed a 4.65 forty in Indy, he shined in the vertical (38") and broad (10'7") jumps and improved his timed speed to 4.49 at Southern Utah's Pro Day. An imposing box safety who played closer to 230 pounds in college, Killebrew is a wood-laying tone setter with coverage limitations. A poor man's Landon Collins, Killebrew could become a starting strong safety if utilized right.
Apr 30 - 12:56 PM

Utah Southern S Miles Killebrew has privately worked out for the Patriots, Cardinals, Panthers, Titans and Browns.

Killebrew has drawn comparisons to Deone Bucannon throughout the draft process. Whether those comparisons flatter him is up for debate. What isn't up for debate is that the NFL is valuing players like Killebrew more, which means he probably won't get out of Day 2.
Apr 22 - 8:25 PM

USA Today's Arman Markazi tosses out that Utah Southern S Miles Killebrew may have a similar career trajectory to "Mark Barron and Deone Bucannon as a hybrid linebacker who can match up with tight ends and running backs."

Both NFL Media's Lance Zierlein and ESPN's Todd McShay have previously compared the 6-foot-2, 217-pounder to Deone Bucannon. "Killebrew is gaining traction as a big, long safety who plays violently and looks to punish pass-catchers. Still raw in coverage, he makes up for it with his toughness, tackling and physicality," Markazi wrote. "Until he reaches his potential at safety, he could be a nice special-teams player."
Source: USA Today
Apr 19 - 11:57 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline relays that "A lot of teams are not sure what to do with [Southern Utah S Miles] Killebrew."

The uncertainty comes in whether Killebrew's best NFL fit is as a linebacker or safety. Of note, Pauline reported that during his Pro Day on Wednesday, the Browns ILB coach was present, so at least one team might be viewing him as a linebacking prospect at this point. Both NFL Media's Lance Zierlein and ESPN's Todd McShay have compared the 6-foot-2, 217-pounder to Deone Bucannon. Bucannon was selected by the Cardinals in the first round of the 2014 draft. They initially utilized him as a safety before shifting him to inside linebacker. He found much more success at the latter position. So too could be the case for Killebrew.
Mar 31 - 4:00 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein compares Utah Southern edge rusher James Cowser to Zack Wagenmann.

"Cowser's above average hand usage, diversity of attack and relentless motor were the keys to his FCS success, but he has to prove he is athletic enough and strong enough to become a productive NFL starter as a 3-4 outside linebacker," Zierlein wrote. "At worse, Cowser is a backup and special teams ace." Cowser was stupidly productive at the Football Championship Subdivision level over the past few years, collecting 28.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks in 2014 and 19 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and four forced fumbles last year.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 21 - 4:42 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein compares Utah Southern S Miles Killebrew to Deone Bucannon.

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay also recently equated Killebrew to Bucannon. "Bucannon was drafted as a safety and was fairly limited in that role," the analyst wrote. "However, when the Arizona Cardinals moved him to inside linebacker, Bucannon was able to become a much more high-impact player. Killebrew is extremely physical and tough, and he might be able to make a living around the box just like Bucannon." Zierlein ranks Killebrew as the No. 56 prospect in the draft. In addition to Bucannon, we've seen him likened to Shaq Thompson and Jaquiski Tartt.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 15 - 4:04 PM

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay noted that Utah Southern S Miles Killebrew is "similar to the Cardinals' Deone Bucannon."

For reference's sake, the Cardinals drafted Bucannon with the 27th pick in the 2014 draft. McShay writes that the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Killebrew "has the size and skill set to be a hard-hitting in-box safety -- and he also could play LB in sub packages." During the Senior Bowl practice week, it was reported that he received a lengthy interview from the Dallas Cowboys. In addition to the Bucannon comp, Killebrew's also been compared to Shaq Thompson and Jaquiski Tartt.
Jan 30 - 1:20 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that the Dallas Cowboys interviewed Utah Southern S Miles Killebrew "for a while" at the Senior Bowl.

Killebrew played out of the spotlight in the FCS ranks. Now that the talented defensive back is at the Senior Bowl, the NFL will conduct more than it's due diligence on him. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Killebrew is ridiculously athletic, having been clocked with a 4.45 forty. An NFL scout told NFL.com during the season that Killebrew is "a better football player than Shaq Thompson and Deone Bucannon were when they came out."
Jan 27 - 12:56 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Southern Utah CB LeShaun Sims as the No. 7 prospect he scouted at the East-West Shrine Game.

Norris admitted he hadn't seen much of Sims before the week, but he came away impressed after taking in the prospect's work in person. "He and [Minnesota OLB De’Vondre] Campbell were the two standouts on the West side," Norris wrote. The 6-foot, 200-pound Sims currently has a Rds. 5-6 grade from Tony Pauline.
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 25 - 5:37 PM

Southern Utah QB Ammon Olsen completed 6-of-12 passes for 75 yards in Saturday's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

No touchdowns for Olsen, but this was the case for every player on his National team. They won (and scored all their points) on the strength of six field goals by Mizzou kicker Andrew Baggett. For his part, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Olsen will need to continue to progress positively through the process if he wants a shot at being drafted in the later rounds this spring. While he didn't light the field on fire on Saturday, he is coming off a nice season in which he threw for 3,344 yards with a 26/8 TD/INT ratio.
Jan 24 - 12:38 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that "several teams" believe Southern Utah CB LeShaun Sims will be a better NFL player than heralded teammate S Miles Killebrew.

"The belief is Sims, who looked terrific at Shrine practice on Monday, is a plug and play cornerback while Killebrew, who’ll be at the Senior Bowl next week, is more a product of size and speed," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot, 200-pound Sims currently has a Day 3 grade, while Killebrew is perceived as a surefire Day 2 selection.
Jan 19 - 4:36 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wants Utah Southern edge rusher James Cowser to "drop in space and play linebacker on occasion" at East-West Shrine Game practices.

Those practices, of course, began on Monday. The analyst reported back in November that Cowser was "moving up draft boards" and "drawing comparisons to former Big Sky defender Jared Allen." Cowser has an opportunity this week to truly make a leap if he can excel against superior competition. "His speed, quickness and ability to penetrate off the edge against IA offensive tackles (Alex Lewis/Nebraska, Tyler Marz/Wisconsin, Stephane Nembot/Colorado) is something that will be monitored," Pauline wrote.
Jan 19 - 11:26 AM

Southern Utah redshirt senior QB Ammon Olsen has accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Olsen might not be a household name, but he did a nice job in helping the FCS boys of Southern Utah to an 8-2 record this season. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound redshirt senior threw for 3,344 yards and a 26/8 TD/INT ratio. He's not a huge rushing threat, but managed to score seven touchdowns on the ground over the last two seasons. He'll look to increase the country's knowledge-base when he plays in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on January 23.
Jan 3 - 9:31 PM

Southern Utah senior CB LeShaun Sims will play in the East-West Shrine Game.

A three-year starter, Sims is one of three future NFL players on Southern Utah's defense (James Cowser and Miles Killebrew are the others). The 6-foot, 200-pounder has good speed but will need to acquit himself well against superior competition. He currently has a late Day 3 grade.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 10:33:00 PM

Utah Southern edge rusher James Cowser will play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Because there are three NFL prospects on the Thunderbirds' defense (LeShaun Sims, Miles Killebrew), Cowser is well known to NFL scouts, who often stop by practice. "Accountability increases performance. So having them (NFL scouts) around keeps you accountable," Cowser told the Deseret News in October. "Same goes for the team." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote last month that Cowser is "moving up draft boards" and is "drawing comparisons to former Big Sky defender Jared Allen."
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 05:46:00 PM


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