Southern Utah University isn’t exactly a hotbed of NFL talent. In fact, the FCS school has produced only one draft pick in its entire history—quarterback Brad Sorenson, selected by the Chargers with the 221st overall pick in 2013. Miles Killebrew will be the next one, and he’s expected to go quite a bit higher than that.
A wrecking-ball of muscle at the safety position, Killebrew brings punishing tackling ability and an eye-popping physique as two of his greatest assets. Currently projected as a third-round pick, he has the kind of frame that could make him an ideal safety-linebacker hybrid at the next level.
From Killebrew’s NFL.com prospect profile: “Tightly bundled muscle hammer with a compact frame and the thighs of a track sprinter. World-class form tackler with bad intentions behind his strikes. Patient and willing to wait until he’s in proper range before exploding with everything he has into his victim.”
Watch his highlight tape and you’ll see why scouts love him:
Killebrew’s size, strength and explosiveness are especially surprising when you consider the fact that he didn’t visit the weight room in high school. “I didn’t lift weights in high school because my dad kept me off of them,” Killebrew recently told the Las Vegas Sun. “It was to the dismay of my high school coach, but he just wanted me to protect my body since I was still growing.” Instead of lifting, Killebrew followed a regimen based on Herschel Walker’s legendary bodyweight training, which included 1,000 Push-Ups a day.
While that helped him stay super lean, he needed to add bulk when he arrived at Southern Utah. He was a lanky 6-foot-2, 180-pound cornerback in high school, but his college coaches switched him to strong safety. Finally able to get inside the weight room, Killebrew packed on a whopping 50 pounds of muscle by his senior year. He used that added mass to punish ball carriers, racking up 243 tackles over his final two seasons.
Killebrew’s extraordinary strength and athleticism were on full display at last month’s NFL Combine. His 22 reps on the Bench Press ranked first among defensive backs, and his 38-inch Vertical ranked second among safeties. At the Senior Bowl, NFL analyst Dane Brugler took note of Killebrew’s killer physique. “One of the most physically impressive players during weigh-ins, with a physique that looks like it belongs on a magazine cover. His shredded frame has almost no bad weight,” Brugler wrote on CBSSports.com. Not bad for a guy who didn’t start lifting until he got to college.
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