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Bucs take Texas DT Roy Miller

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Miller-bucs The Bucs finally turned to defense early Sunday, selecting Texas defensive tackle Roy Miller in the third round with the 81st overall pick.

The 6-foot1 1/4, 308-pound Miller was an All Big 12 pick as a senior after posting career highs in tackles (49), tackles for loss (11), sacks (5.5), quarterback hurries (28) and pass breakups (4).

Miller said he became frustrated watching other defensive tackles come off the draft board in the first two rounds Saturday.

"I feel like I'm the best d-tackle in this draft,'' Miller said. "So, watching everybody come off the board was definitely...I knew a couple guys were going to do based on the hype that they swayed their way. Yeah, I watched (the draft). Like I said before, those kinds of things push me. I feed off of it.''

He played alongside defensive end Brian Orakpo, the 13th overall choice of the Washington Redskins.

Miller is known for his strength. He benched pressed 225 pounds 37 times at the NFL scouting combine.

At Texas, he benched pressed 500 pounds and squatted 625-pounds. He is a little smaller than some of the defensive tackles new coordinator Jim Bates is used to playing with. Miller played much of last season at 290 pounds. But when he learned that pro scouts wanted him to gain weight, he embarked on a 4,800 calorie per day diet.

"It was a lot of wheat pasta, a lot of wheat breads,'' Miller said. "Just a lot of a lot. I got more tired of eating than I did of working out.''

Miller was named the defensive MVP of the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State where he recorded three tackles, two pressures a sack and a tackle for a loss.

Miller will join list of defensive tackles that include Chris Hovan, Ryan Sims, Greg Peterson and Dre Moore. He is considered an above average run stopper and a below average pass rusher according to Scouts, Inc.

(Pictured - Roy Miller sacks Baylor QB Robert Griffin in a game last season. [Getty Images])

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:31pm]

    

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