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NFL Draft 2011: Bruce Miller Drafted to Played Fullback, Not Linebacker

CSNbayarea.com’s Matt Maiocco reports that the San Francisco 49ers seventh round selection of DE Bruce Miller was not to play linebacker, but actually to play on the other side of the ball as a fullback.

“I am kind of shocked,” Miller said Saturday in a conference call with Bay Area reporters. “It was hard enough to believe that I’d have a chance to play linebacker. But that was more realistic than fullback.”

To Miller’s knowledge, the 49ers were the only team to have looked at him at the fullback position, especially since he was the Conference-USA defensive player of the year in 2010 with 13.5 tackles for a loss and a 8.5 sacks.

Miller has been in contact with San Francisco’s running back coach Tom Rathman, who feels Miller’s ability to run and hit will help him greatly as he adapts to playing offense again.

Miller played tight end in high school, but never played offense at all at UCF.