New York Jets UDFA Profile – Rontez Miles DB

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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.

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12 thoughts on “New York Jets UDFA Profile – Rontez Miles DB

  1. when they first signed him i started reading good things about him. this is probably the most glowing report i’ve read, but everything has been positive. imagine if we get miles and maybe rogers as udfas to contribute along with potentially five or six starters from the draft? holy crap! talk about rebuilding a team in a hurry!

  2. I’m not trying to knock the guy, but I have a nagging question: if he was so great, why did he go undrafted? I understand Division II football and the lower level of competition, but scouts generally have an idea of what football speed looks like and what it takes to make it in the league. Why did everyone pass on Miles? Character issues from the history with his stepbrother?

  3. When you look at our team, whether its by design or not, we have personnel that is fit perfectly to stop the spread offense (ie 4-2-5) that have become more prevalent.

    1. Players like landry, atonio allen and miles who can play close to the line of scrimmage to support the run and cover the TE, but who are also fast enough to play deep safety.

    2. A Dline that is big and strong enough to hold up against the run with only 2 LBs on the field, but also has guys that can penetrate. A front 4 of Coples, wilkerson, richardson, and ellis/garay/harrison is strong enough to hold up against stretch runs and also set the edge while also being able to get into the backfield.

    3. A general de-emphasis on LBs, especially OLBs. Demario and a faster, hybrid ILB/OLB will form a great combination in 2014 and beyond.

    4. Tons of DBs, and in Millner, a bigger CB with particular experience vs the TE.

    I really think the defense has the potential to be top 3 in the league this year with the talent and experience, plus with Rex back in the room doing what he does best.

  4. KAsh, I think there were several reasons he went undrafted.

    First, this was an unusually deep safety draft. I thought there were seven prospect in this draft who were ready to start from day 1:

    Johnathan Cyprien
    Matt Elam
    Eric Reid
    Phillip Thomas
    Shamarko Thomas
    Kenny Vaccaro
    Earl Wolff

    Secondly, safety is a “dime a dozen” position. Similar to Guards and Centers the difference between the best prospect and the fifth best prospect is small.

    Finally, I find safety to be one of the harder position to evaluate. It’s not a ‘one on one battle’ like most positions. Instincts are extremely important, but hard to see on tape. During most plays, safeties are not involved. The guys who lay the lumber don’t necessarily translate to the pro’s.

    I am excited about Rontez as a prospect for us. I like how he was a two time DII All-American who looked great tackling in the open field. I agree with the prediction that he becomes a starter at some point in the future.

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  6. 20% of the starters in the NFL last year were undrafted out of college. Coming from a small school in a small conference makes it even harder to be drafted. If you go by the 20% number there will be 4-5 undrafted starters on the Jets (20% of 22).

  7. Thanks for replying to the article guys. I really appreciate it. To answer the questions, I think he went undrafted because (like Drew said) alot of teams feel they can find quality safeties anywhere and that alot of safeties are interchangeable in what they do. I, also, think him being a division 2 prospect may have caused him slip. Rontez was recruited by SEC schools out of high school, but went to Kent State to play with his brother. Possible character concerns, due to the allegations against his brother, may have caused him to fall as well.

  8. This kid is a “Rex type of guy” no doubt. The kid hits like a truck and has the speed in coverage…….He could be a diamond in the rough !! Plus he’ll be huge for us on special teams.

  9. I was going to question why this kid went undrafted, but I think ‘Drew’ pretty much clarified it. This kid is a unique talent. He covers quickly, comes off the edge like he’s shot out of a cannon. He can cover the run and pass and he’s a beast on ST’s. I am very excited about the possibilities in RR’s system.

  10. Rontez Miles is my big brother… And it really is a humbling experience to see everybody showing him so much love… I speak for all of us when I say thank you.. this will be an exciting season… J.E.T.S. JETS JETS JETS!!

  11. Was fortunate to see Rontez play at the Green and White Scrimmage and he looks great. Read his Bio and he was a D1 prospect but decided to play with his brother at Kent St. Rex really likes him and he is his type of player. He was really pleasant after the scrimmage signing autographs for the kids. He should definitely make the it and start on special teams. Good luck Bro’

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