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Bills athletic comparison profile: Rookie linebacker Matt Milano

Before Bills rookie linebacker Matt Milano makes his first professional start against the Bengals, let's access his potential from an athletic perspective.

This article is constructed the same way as my athletic comparison profile series for the Bills' free-agent additions.

Milano was picked by Buffalo in the fifth round of the 2017 draft.

Bills linebacker Matt Milano (Dolphins linebacker Lawrence Timmons)

Athletic profiles

  • Height: 6-foot (6-foot-1)
  • Weight: 223 (234)
  • 40-yard dash: 4.67 (4.66)
  • Vertical: 35" (35")
  • Broad: 126" (123")


Timmons is actually Milano's top comparable on, an outstanding resource for combine results and these exact type of comparisons. Clearly, these two are similarly sized, very comparably athletic linebackers.

The former Steelers and current Dolphins linebacker had a time of 4.32 in the short-shuttle drill but did not do the ever-important three-cone drill. Milano didn't do the short-shuttle drill nor the three-cone drill at the combine or his pro day.

Timmons 4.32 short-shuttle is in the 45th percentile among off-ball linebackers who've participated in that drill at the combine since 1999.

Comparative statistic

At two years at Florida State, he had 35 tackles as a sophomore in 2005 with 3.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. He broke out in his junior campaign, as he totaled 79 tackles, 18 tackles for loss with five sacks and one interception.

In 26 collegiate games, Timmons racked up 21.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks.

At Boston College, in his final 25 games with the Eagles, Milano had 117 tackles, 29.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks.

As a rookie in 2007, Timmons appeared in all 16 games but was a rotational piece on defense and played on special teams. He didn't make any starts at linebacker and accumulated 13 total tackles. Milano currently has three games in four games.

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