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Thursday, November 20, 2008
Seahawks had competition for defensive end

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Seahawks had competition in their pursuit of recently released Falcons defensive end Brandon Miller. Denver, Green Bay and Houston also submitted waiver claims. The Seahawks' waiver claim prevailed thanks to the team's 2-8 record.

Miller, an undrafted free agent from Georgia, takes the roster spot that came available when the Seahawks placed Patrick Kerney on injured reserve.

Miller went undrafted after an underwhelming college career. He played mostly at inside linebacker until late in his final season. The Pro Football Weekly draft preview says:

Positives: Good size and looks the part. Has some versatility. Surprisingly strong vs. the run with long arms and plays with leverage.

Negatives: Has zero instincts and struggles to find the ball. Bites on play action. Very average career production.

Summary: Finished the season at defensive end and showed some promise there with his hand on the ground. Is best when his responsibilities are kept simple and he can be set loose.

Seattle has generally drafted players who have demonstrated consistency over the course of their college careers. The Seahawks tend to shy away from players who qualify as one-year wonders. Taking a chance on Miller carries no risk. It's not like he'll cost them a draft choice.