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Why Kolton Miller has been one of the most impressive Raiders in workouts

Raiders offensive lineman Kolton Miller, left, blocks during drills at the team's training facility in Alameda.
Raiders offensive lineman Kolton Miller, left, blocks during drills at the team's training facility in Alameda. The Associated Press

Kolton Miller has arrived, and then some.

The Raiders' first-round draft choice out of UCLA showed promise during OTAs and minicamp.

The next step is training camp that starts July 27 in Napa, where Miller sets aim at securing a starting spot at offensive tackle.

A Roseville High School graduate, Miller was picked 15th overall in the April draft to shore up a line that has been a team strength but also thinned due to injuries. The Raiders liked what they saw in their athletic 6-foot-9, 320-pound prospect who started 23 of 31 games at UCLA, playing both tackle spots.

When asked by Raiders media who he thought stood out the most in the recent workouts, coach Jon Gruden didn't hesitate.

"Kolton Miller," Gruden said. "Been impressed with Miller."

Gruden was high on Miller since the NFL combine.

He said shortly after the draft, "He’s one of the most athletic tackles that I’ve ever seen – I mean ever seen. At the combine, his broad jump, I think, was almost 11 feet. That’s outstanding. Ran a sub-five flat (40-yard dash).”

Raiders line coach Tom Cable raved about Miller at the annual LinemenWinGames coaching clinic hosted by American River College and Beavers coach Jon Osterhout, who has worked with Miller on technique for years.

Cable was in contact with Osterhout after the draft to go over linemen technique with Miller.

Cable continued his praise at Raiders camp.

"(The setting is) not too big for him," Cable said. "He's looked just fine. He's put an exclamation point on our choosing of him.

"What I saw in him was a lot of really good characteristics of a left tackle. He's very athletic. He's very smart."

Cable added, "He has a quiet toughness about him that has shown up a lot. His consistency already as a young player in spring football has been amazing."

Offensive tackle Kolton Miller, whom the Raiders took 15th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, said he's "ready to get started" with his new team.

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