Dalbin Osorio continues our breakdown of the New York Jets 2013 undrafted free agents with a look at safety Rontez Miles. Make sure to give a Dalbin a follow on Twitter and check out the rest of the series here –
Name – Rontez Miles
College – California (PA)
Position – Safety
Size – 6’0″, 203 lbs
40 Time – 4.59
Vertical Jump – 36 1/2
College Career – Rontez Miles, or @TeddyPinDatAzz as he will undoubtedly eventually be known as, enrolled at Kent State as a way to play with his stepbrother Vondre Griffin. Miles left the program when Griffin was dismissed from the team due to allegations of possession of marijuana. Miles attended community college for a year while working in a warehouse before enrolling at the University of California Pennsylvania. Miles notched 52 tackles, four passes defended, and one interception en route to winning the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. In his sophomore year, Miles racked up 60 total tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 2 sacks, and five pass breakups while earning his second straight All-PSAC West selection. Miles’s junior year saw him earn another All-PSAC West selection, his first Defensive Player of the Year Award, and his first Division II All-American honors with 71 tackles and 5 interceptions. In his senior year, Miles finished his collegiate career with a fourth straight All-PSAC West selection, a second straight Defensive Player of the Year award and a second straight Division II All-American selection as Miles had 75 tackles and four interceptions.
Scouting Report – Scouts raved about Miles’s in-game speed from the safety position, as well as his ability to cover tight ends and running backs. Miles was used as a lone deep cover safety at times and due to his ability to cover a lot of ground, he performed well in this role. Miles can get to a spot quickly and, as evidenced by the highlights below, is not hesitant to lay the lumber on wide receivers, tight ends, and running backs. Scouts were also impressed by his size and ability to catch the ball. They also made sure to mention that Miles was used all over in Cal’s 4-2-5 formation, and played edge rusher as well as safety, and Miles displayed good ability to play the run. While Miles does have a knack for the big hit, at times he can over pursue when he’s preparing to lay said lumber.
Where He Fits – You’re looking at a potential future starter at Safety opposite Dawan Landry for the New York Jets. Rontez Miles has similar skills to last year’s Pro Bowl safety and Dawan’s brother, LaRon. His ability to contribute on special teams alone should net him a roster spot. Rontez can also play off the edge in a role that was initially pegged for Antonio Allen, and he has immense potential in run support. His ability to cover tight ends will give him that much more of a chance to make the final 53. Plus, his versatility and experience playing in multiple fronts at Cal will endear him to a coach that will tailor his role in the defense to fit his strengths. Rex has mentioned Miles a couple of times already, even asking the rookie to remove his Pittsburgh Steelers tattoo. I am predicting Miles will eventually be the other starter at Safety, and if not, i’m sure my man Chris Gross will call me out during Fact or False next year.