There are ways to becoming a member of the Green Bay Packers other than being a star at UCLA, Ohio State or Iowa. Still, almost no one takes a path like Jordan Miller. He played six games of football — total — in high school, went to a junior college and missed another year of football before transferring to Southern University as a walk-on. He then played for two years in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). You could say the 6-foot-1, 316-pound defensive lineman almost came out of nowhere, but he has emerged as one of the top prospects for the Packers at nose tackle. "I leave all that up to the coaches, where they want to put me," Miller said as the team wrapped up its final off-season practice a few weeks ago. "All I'm worrying about right now is working hard and improving." It was good that Miller made the switch from basketball to football in high school, but it was too late to draw the attention of the major football programs. "I'm 6-1 and I wasn't getting any taller, so I thought I would switch," Miller said. "But there weren't a bunch of schools jumping up to sign me." In 2007, he went to Prince George's Community College in Maryland and missed a year of football. In 2008, Miller wanted to give the game another shot. He picked Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., because his parents went there. Miller worked his way up from third-string player to starter and a scholarship in 2009 and '10. In 31 games total, he had 90 tackles, 18 sacks and 30 tackles for loss. But maybe what put him on the scouts' radar was his bench press. One of the top Google YouTube searches of his name will show an impressive video of Miller benching the standard 225 pounds a whopping 37 times at his pro day. The video, with over 151,000 views, shows him cranking out the reps steadily. "It was all right," Miller said, grinning. "I remember the day very vividly. I trained very hard for that day. I put up pretty good numbers. That alone boosted my confidence." But it didn't solidify his future. He knows a weight room warrior doesn't guarantee anything on a football field. After hearing so many conflicting reports — that he would be drafted, that he wouldn't — Miller kept pushing to catch up with his peers.
Nose tackle Jordan Miller took circuitous route to Packers
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Jul 1