Roy Miller quietly putting up solid numbers

Here’s a pretty amazing stat about the defensive tackles taken in the 2009 draft.

Tampa Bay’s Roy Miller has more tackles (88) than any other defensive tackle from that draft.

Miller wasn’t the biggest name at the time of the draft. Green Bay’s B.J. Raji, Atlanta’s Peria Jerry and Pittsburgh’s Ziggy Hood were the only defensive tackles taken in the first round that year.

Raji and Hood probably have had the best careers so far, while Jerry had his career thrown off track by an injury early in his rookie year. Raji has more sacks (10.5) than any defensive tackle taken in that class and Hood has 6.5 sacks.

But it turns out there was some pretty good value for defensive tackles in the third round of the 2009 draft. That’s where Miller and Jacksonville’s Terrance Knighton were selected. Knighton is second to Miller in tackles with 85 and he’s second to Raji with 7.5 sacks. Knighton also has 50 career starts, the most of any defensive tackle from that draft.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about Miller is that he has started only 25 of 53 career games, but he has been able to put up big tackle numbers.

Miller started all 16 games in 2010, but only three in 2011. He reclaimed the starting nose tackle job this year, after the Bucs traded away Brian Price.