At pick 115, the Carolina Panthers have selected Alabama linebacker/defensive end Christian Miller, per source— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) April 27, 2019
Christian Miller is a pass rushing linebacker out of Alabama. According to PFF, he was the second most effective pass rusher in the SEC after Josh Allen, who was selected seventh overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Alabama's Christian Miller is still available in the #NFLDraft after he averaged a pressure once on every 5.2 pass-rushes last year - the 2nd-best rate in the class from the SEC. pic.twitter.com/GCud92QNfe— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) April 27, 2019
The Panthers had a glaring weakness on the edges of their defensive line after Julius Peppers decided to hang up the cleats. Miller and first round pick Brian Burns will provide a much needed infusion of youth, versatility, and talent to a defensive line that was lacking in all of those things.
Here’s his overview from NFL.com:
Long, lean rush backer with above-average athletic traits that could serve him well as a pass rusher. Teams could be a little gun-shy with Miller considering the talent he played alongside and his solo season of production. What will be hard to ignore are his long arms, ability to attack the edge with speed and footwork to manufacture dangerous inside counters. He’s talented enough to earn his keep chasing quarterbacks, but he’ll have to gain strength and prove he can handle run duties in order to play every down.
Sounds good to me.