Southern Utah’s Miles Killebrew could go early

December 5th, 2015 | Written by Rob Staton

Clemson’s Jayron Kearse gets a lot of attention. He’s 6-4 and 210lbs. Everyone is looking for the next big, athletic strong safety. Kearse’s size is really his best attribute. On the field he’s frequently out of position, over-running plays or failing to wrap-up. He’s an upside player who needs to learn structure and discipline. It should limit his stock and I think it’d be a surprise if he went early.

Southern Utah’s Miles Killebrew on the other hand — he might be set for a big rise over the next few months.

He’s a senior prospect and will get the opportunity to boost his stock during the off-season. He’s 6-3 and 223lbs and apparently runs in the 4.4’s — it shows up on tape. His instinct, feel for the game, speed and hitting ability makes him a very attractive prospect. Perhaps his most impressive quality is closing speed — he covers ground at a rate of knots for 223lbs.

Deone Bucannon shot up draft boards to go in round one because of his athleticism matched with a fantastic off-season. Killebrew has a shot to emulate that. Teams might even consider using him in a similar way as a kind of safety/linebacker hybrid.

Whether he goes in round one or not remains to be seen. Just keep an eye on him. And make sure you check out the video above.

85 Responses to “Southern Utah’s Miles Killebrew could go early”

  1. Volume12 says:

    IMO, he’ll be the 1st ‘small school’ guy off the board this year.

    Like him a lot. Very impressive.

    S. Utah has some exciting prospects this year. DE/OLB James Cowser, Killebrew, and CB Leshaun Sims.

  2. Volume12 says:

    Killebrew is the kind of cat I could see Seattle being very attracted too. Ecspecially in the 2nd round range. I think that’s where they’ll target Irvin’s replacement, if he leaves.

    • Rob Staton says:

      I can see a lot of teams being all over this. Especially if he has a big combine. No reason he can’t have a Bucannon/Byron Jones style rise. Engaging personality too. Definitely one we should monitor.

      • Volume12 says:

        Would you like a draft if Seattle walked away with Killebrew and then Spriggs?

        • Rob Staton says:

          I wouldn’t hate it.

          Mock draft is going to look very different this week that’s for sure. Watched a lot of stuff this week. Few guys I needed to review, revise, upgrade and downgrade.

          • Volume12 says:

            Nice. Looking forward to it. Still too early for a 2 round mock?

            • Rob Staton says:

              I could probably do a top-15/20 for round two that I’d feel comfortable with. Would rather save it for now.

              • Volume12 says:

                Got cha. I totally get that man.

                I’m saving my full 7 rounder for after the all star games, combines, pro days, FA. So it makes sense.

                I’m in the process of narrowing down my position groups into top 5’s.

  3. Volume12 says:

    Absolutely. I agree. Bucannon is a good comp BTW.

    There’s something about this kid. Just looks and plays like a ‘Hawk. One we should monitor indeed. Closely.

  4. nichansen01 says:

    This years Jaquiski Tartt… Second round I expect.

  5. nichansen01 says:


    What is your opinion of Arkansas guard Sebastian Tretola?

  6. Trevor says:

    Vol we have discussed Kilebrew a couple of times and both really liked him. Glad to hear you took a look and agreed Rob. If he was at a big time school with his athleticism and size he would likely be a day #1 or early day #2 pick.

    I was hoping we could target him in the 3rd with our pick or the Comp pick but sounds like if he has a good draft prep you think he could go higher.

    1) Coleman /Ifedi (OT
    2) Striker (Edge)
    3)Kilebrew (SS)
    3 Comp) Corey Davis (WR)

    • Volume12 says:

      There ya are man! First thing that crossed my mind when I saw Rob’s writeup on Killebrew was, ‘Trev loves this guy. Wonder what he thinks.’

      Give me Ifedi in the 1st and then Killebrew or Striker in the 2nd.

      • Trevor says:

        I would be happy with that. Vol I remember you talking about Joe Haeg OT NDST. Have you followed him at all this year? How did he play and might he be a Hawks target. Seemed like an athletic nasty player Cable would love.

        • Volume12 says:

          I haven’t necessariy followed him. Personally, I like Haeg. He’s not a LT, but has a ton of potential. He does need to improve in some areas though.

          Depending on his range, yeah, I could see Seattle liking him. He’s either going to be a riser, or a guy like Glowinski. Athletic mid rounder with a mean streak.

          • Trevor says:

            Yeah I figured him more as a Guard too just curious what you thought because he seemed like the kid of guy with an all around athletic background Cable likes.

          • Volume12 says:

            There’s also this kid from Illinois named Ted Karras. He’s a guard/center type. His grandpa and dad played professionally IIRC. Dude is one of the nastiest O-lineman I’ve seen. He’s so emotional and aggressive that coachrs have told him to ‘dial it back a bit’ in practice. Not unlike Cassius Marsh in that regard.

            Karras will be playing in the East vs West Shrine game. A late round/UDFA type to keep an eye on.

            • Trevor says:

              I will have to check him out. I am looking forward to that game always some interesting guys who pop up on the radar.

  7. Trevor says:

    Rob have you checked out Northern Iowa CB Deiondre Hall? He has great length and certainly looks like a Hawks CB physically. Has good ball skills and was the defensive player of the year in the MVC. Only downside is he is not real aggressive tackler in the run game.

    Looks like a 4th -5th round target to me however.

  8. Volume12 says:

    Michigan St WR Aaron Burbridge with one catch!?

    These Iowa corners are fantastic. We all know Desmond King, but former WR Greg Mabin is a stud! Bigger, and better length. Good ball skills too. Very physical.

    • Matt says:

      Both have played tight coverage getting their hands on balls. Really like the King sets the edge against the run and WR screens. He took on a pulling Jack Allen on 1 screen almost making the tackle, while slowing the play down for another to make the play. Impressive! Mabin definitely looks the part and is one to keep am eye on too.

      • Volume12 says:

        It’s why I’m not a fan of Burbridge. Has trouble seperating from big, physical corners. King and Mabin are the kind of DBs he’ll face week in and week out in the NFL.

        Nice UDFA kind of guy.

  9. Trevor says:

    Boy there are a lot of good athletes on the field in that NC vs Clemson game. Both teams are loaded with potential pros.

    • AlaskaHawk says:

      Every time someone makes a play I look them up to see if they are a senior. It’s frustrating when they are only freshmen!

      Great game.

  10. Trevor says:

    Not sure if it their uniforms or what but USCs skill guys always look so fast when I watch them play but it rarely translates on the next level.

  11. AlaskaHawk says:

    Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey looks good. He will be with them a few more years. Anyone think Stanford should be #4?

    I don’t think they are tough enough to take on Iowa or Mich State.

  12. Wall UP says:

    MSU OL wears them down.

  13. Wall UP says:

    I’m hoping Heath & Allen become Hawks.

  14. CharlieTheUnicorn says:

    The way too early watchlist for Seattle to possibly be interested in during 2016 draft.
    Assuming 4 comp picks and no other trades prior to the 2016 draft.

    Round 1
    Germain Ifedi, OT

    Round 2
    Hunter Henry, TE

    Round 3
    Pharoh Cooper, WR
    Yannick Ngakoue, OLB

    Round 4
    Brian Poole, CB/S

    Round 5
    Adam Gostis, DT

    Round 6
    Devon Johnson, RB/FB

    Round 7
    Jabari Hunt-Days, ILB
    Jeremy Seaton, FB
    Trevone Boykin, QB

  15. Forrest says:

    This guy looks legit. Hard hitter, looked to have control of the defense (hand motions, etc.), nimble for his size, quick closing speed, and really just intimidating to watch. If he’s available in the 2nd/3rd I hope they jump on him…

    • Volume12 says:

      What a weapon. Violent intentions. Same size as Eric Pinkins, Mike Morgan, Travis Feeney, bigger than Bucannon and Shazier. Plays CB too.

      Looks like a modern day hybrid LB to my eye. Has the frame to add another 5-10 lbs, and the kind of athlete he is, I don’t think it would affect him in a negative way at all.

      Love the personality too. The dyed blonde hair leads me to believe he’s got the swag that would fit inside Seattle’s locker room.

  16. Volume12 says:

    So, should we expecting Ohio St vs Stanford in the Rose Bowl?

  17. KD says:

    Excellent find. Thanks for highlighting him

  18. KD says:

    Q: If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?
    A: Kam Chancellor- also a bigger safety who loves to hit

  19. Volume12 says:

    Does anyone know who the last FCS player was to be taken in the 1st round?

    • Volume12 says:

      It wasn’t Howie Long was it? There had to have been someone after him. A lot of time has passed since then.

  20. Ukhawk says:

    Draftdiamonds had him in the 5th. Now Daniel Jeremiah saying Killebrew is rising up the boards in some scouts eyes

    most impressive aspect IMO is his closing speed – wow

    • Trevor says:

      That is the thing this time of the year players with unique talent and physical traits get uncovered and start rising up boards. Guys like Coleman and Kilebrew are guys are prime examples.

    • Volume12 says:

      Yeah- but that versatility could be special in today’s NFL. Football IQ looks to be off the charts!

      His pursuit angles, ability to ‘sift through trash’ also really stands out.

      BTW, I thought we were supposed to wear the Wolf Grey unis today? Oh well.

      Go Hawks!

  21. Volume12 says:

    Hands down, QB Cam Newton has to be my favorite non Seahawk.

    Such a unique, physical specimen. Love everything about this dude.

    Dab on ’em!

    • AlaskaHawk says:

      Newton is a front runner for mvp, along with Brady and Peterson. All great players. Heck Warner could be in the running too.

    • sdcoug says:

      tremendous player, but I can’t stand the cockiness. Not an ounce of ‘humble’ in that man. Every single play requires a flashy celebratory gyration; man act like you’ve been there before.

  22. AlaskaHawk says:

    Seahawks have their hands full with Minnesota – they are a physical team. Go Seahawkd!

  23. AlaskaHawk says:

    Lockett had a great return to 50 yard line to start the game. Since then he has only fielded 1 out of 3 punts, and given up 25 yards on rolling punts putting Seahawks in bad positions. Latest rolled 10 yards to 2 yard line. Not sure what is going on.

    • Volume12 says:

      What are you talkng about? This kid is special man. Leads the league in return TDs. What was he supposed to do, try scooping the ball and either getting killed or a TO?

      Frank Clark is really coming along these last couple games, as is Cash Marsh.

  24. AlaskaHawk says:

    Seahawks just marched 98 yards gotr td. Rawls looking great, tough running style. Wilson is passing well. Lockett and Baldwin his main receivers. Got to love it.

    • Volume12 says:

      Frank Clark is legit man. 3 QB sacks in 2 games, and today he’s forced Teddy B into a couple bad throws and just had a pass deflection. And Cash Marsh is not only a ST’s demon, but is turning into a fantastic rotational DE.

      • AlaskaHawk says:

        I really like the way Clark is playing. I didn’t think he was big enough to play inside, but he makes up for it with quickness. He has 3-4 sacks in first half. Also of note is Thomas interception and run back on an overthrow. And marsh has looked good. And Kevin Pierre louis getting a punt block.

        Offensively Wilson, Baldwin and Lockett and Rawls have all looked good. The offensive line has had 3 false starts but also blocking well, most runs going on right side.

      • Trevor says:

        Agree Vol. Clark is finally getting some snaps and taking advantage of it. Marsh has been solid in limited snaps all season and plays the run incredibly well.

  25. Wall UP says:

    Game over.

    • AlaskaHawk says:

      Minn needs to stick with Peterson and the run game because Bridgewater isn’t an accurate passer.

  26. Trevor says:

    It is amazing how much more comfortable and fluid the offense looks when they are not concerned with how many touches they have to get Beast Mode. Bevel is calling a better game and Russ is balling.

    How many teams can loose a Pro Bowl RB and a Pro Bowl TE who make a combined $23 mil / year and look better on offense. Very impressive I have to admit.

  27. Wall UP says:

    Bev is having a great game.

  28. cha says:

    Wasn’t that 2&1 supposed to be 2&11 after the holding call on Willson? Or did Fox just screw up on the graphic?

  29. AlaskaHawk says:

    A classic beat down. Seahawks offense and defense looked great. Only part I could critique is a ragged and penalty prone special teams performance. Way to go Seahawks!

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