Niner Noise presents a new five-part series: The 5 Most Underrated San Francisco 49ers on the current roster. We kick off the series with our fifth most underrated Niner: Bruce Miller.
In just his second year, Miller has become an extremely important piece to the 49ers innovative and very productive offense that Head Coach Jim Harbaugh and Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman have crafted. A defensive end in college at the University of Central Florida, Miller was a seventh-round pick in 2011 that converted to fullback in the 49ers offense. He has made a seamless transition, showing great blocking as an athletic fullback that opens up holes for 49ers RB Frank Gore and he has shown improved hands to help Colin Kaepernick in the passing game.
The 211th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft was described as a project player that may never materialize into a contributor on the Niners as a lot of seventh-round picks never do develop, but Miller has become one of the premier fullbacks in the NFL. The fullback position in the NFL has been a dying breed since the NFL has turned into more of a spread offense, but an athletic fullback that can get to the outside, block and catch the ball out of the backfield is still a very dangerous weapon that San Francisco utilizes in their run-heavy offense.
Miller was a Pro Bowl alternate this past year, but entering his third year the Niners expect even more from the soon-to-be 26 year-old.
Check out Niner Noise tomorrow for our fourth most underrated player on the San Francisco 49ers.