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Miller brings toughness up front

Player: John Miller

Position: Guard

School: Louisville

Draft: Third round, 81st overall

Measureables: 6-foot-2, 303 pounds

Age: 21

Hometown: Miami, Fla.

Career stats: 48 career games, 47 starts

Combine stats: 40: 5.33 seconds. Bench press: 29 reps. Vertical: 27 inches. Broad jump: 8 feet, 8 inches. 3-cone drill: 8.20 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.75 seconds.

At Louisville: Started 10 games as a true freshman in 2011, missing three because of an ankle injury. He was one of only five true freshmen in the nation to start on the offensive line. … Started 11 games as a sophomore in 2012 and then 13 games as a junior in 2013, when he was named a second-team All-American Athletic Conference member. Louisville averaged 35.2 points per game. … In 2014, Miller again started 13 games and was an Atlantic Coast Conference honorable-mention choice. … He played in the East-West Shrine Game after the season.

Before Louisville: Was a three-star prospect by Rivals and rated as the nation’s 61st-best offensive lineman by at Miami Central High School, helping lead his team to a 6A state title. … Majored in justice administration at Louisville.

Where he fits with the Bills: Miller fits the ground-and-pound mentality that coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Greg Roman want to install. He’s got a powerful upper body and strong hands. He will compete for the team’s starting left guard job immediately. The most likely challengers for that role will be Chris Williams, who is coming off back surgery, and second-year veteran Cyril Richardson. … Bills General Manager Doug Whaley mentioned the moves the rest of the AFC East has made along the defensive line, with the Dolphins signing Ndamukong Suh, the Jets drafting Leonard Williams and the Patriots selecting Malcom Brown as a reason for the need at guard.

They said it: “Tough, aggressive mauler that brings an attitude. This guy, he’s a heavy-handed guy. … We’re excited about him and the attitude with which he plays the game. … We’re going to have to get tougher up front, and that’s what he brings to the table.” – Bills General Manager Doug Whaley

He said it: “For me, it’s a dream come true just being drafted into the NFL. Being able to come in and compete for a starting position with the Buffalo Bills is great, so that’s exactly what I want to do.”