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Braxton Miller | Quarterback

Team: Ohio State Buckeyes
Age / DOB:  (22) / 11/30/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215

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Ohio State graduate QB/H-back Braxton Miller "could land in the top half of the draft" if he is "able to consistently snare passes from [J.T.] Barrett or [Cardale] Jones" in his new role of H-back, notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.
"Projecting Miller's NFL draft status is difficult, as he will likely be playing a new position in the NFL," Reuter wrote. "He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2012 and 2013, showing the elusiveness and vision to break off chunks of yardage in the open field." Miller, 6-foot-1 3/8 and 210 pounds, runs a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. Nobody knows exactly how he will be used this season, but it's possible that Urban Meyer will cook up a role for him that has elements of the roles Aaron Hernandez, Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin had at Florida. Jul 29 - 6:13 PM
Source: NFL.com

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Ohio State graduate QB/H-back Braxton Miller "has one of the best first steps in college football, but he's also a nifty runner with impressive elusiveness," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Miller is transitioning to a hybrid RB/WR position called H-back. "For the most part, it's going to be H-Back and punt return," Miller told Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel. "It's a long process to get back totally to throwing and throwing every day." Miller, 6-foot-1 3/8 and 210 pounds, runs a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. "While we have not seen Miller as a receiver, he looks the part," Brown wrote. "[Urban] Meyer is a master at getting the ball in the hands of his playmakers in different ways -- you may remember Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin at Florida -- and from Miller to Marshall to Elliott to Samuel to Wilson to Thomas to the quarterbacks and more, he's never had more weapons to work with, even with the loss of Devin Smith, the best deep-ball receiver in the nation."
Jul 26 - 8:56 PM

An NFC scout said his team has two grades on Ohio State graduate Braxton Miller, with the "athlete" grade "much… better."

"We currently have two grades on him, one as an 'athlete' and one as a quarterback," the scout said. "The grade of him as an athlete is much…better. Because that's when he's at his best – with the ball in his hands." Regarding Miller's position switch, the scout added: "It's a smart, unselfish move that I bet will pay off for him. Also makes my job easier." The 6-foot-1 3/8, 210-pound Miller has never caught a pass in his college career, but that's about to change.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 26 - 6:36 PM

ESPN's Steve Muench believes a position change will help Ohio State graduate QB/H-back Braxton Miller's draft position because he "didn't project as an early-round quarterback despite his considerable talents."

"There were concerns about his erratic accuracy, his ability to read the field and his fit within a pro-style scheme. Making matters worse, at 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, he's a bit lean to play quarterback -- and he already has taken a pounding because of his playing style, suffering two labrum injuries to his throwing shoulder," Muench wrote. It's not known exactly how OSU will use Miller in 2015, but he explained his new position as H-back, and we predict he'll be used as Urban Meyer used Aaron Hernandez at Florida. "He's so good with the ball in his hands that the Buckeyes likely will get him plenty of carries as a hybrid running back/receiver. In fact, his long-term future could be at running back," Muench wrote. "If he's able to stay healthy, Miller could work his way into the third or fourth round." Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, you'll recall, went in the fifth round in 2013.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 26 - 3:10 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes Ohio State graduate Braxton Miller is "really built to be a running back" and reminds him of "Paul Hornung when he was at Notre Dame."

"Miller has a great feel as a runner. He knows when to turn it up, and he knows when to move outside and move inside. He's really built to be a running back," Brandt wrote. This spring, Miller was measured at 6-foot-1 3/8, weighing in at 210 pounds, and is said to run a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. Brandt notes that Miller "has soft hands, too, and can catch the football."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 24 - 2:55 PM

Ohio State graduate Braxton Miller could have the "capability of serving as an emergency quarterback at the next level, saving a roster spot due to his versatility," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes.

"Opponents have to be prepared for trick pass plays whenever Miller is on the field, which stresses the defense and gives the offense another threat to work into the gameplan. And as a former quarterback, Miller has at least a basic understanding of the route tree with the capability of serving as an emergency quarterback at the next level, saving a roster spot due to his versatility," Brugler wrote. The Ohio State prospect shows that he's unselfish by the position change, but Urban Meyer could still utilize Miller's talents at QB if he needs to. The self proclaimed "best athlete in college football," will get a real opportunity to show us what he means in 2015.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 24 - 2:09 PM

Braxton Miller's father says his son still considers himself a QB first and a move to a hybrid receiver position is a backup plan.

Head coach Urban Meyer calls his slot/move receiver an H-back, and this is the position Miller told SI's Pete Thamel he is switching to. Miller's father says Braxton still wants to play quarterback, but "doesn’t feel that he’s ready for quarterback because of the shoulder." Meyer said Thursday night a decision has not been made. We think it has, and expect Miller to predominantly line up at a position other than quarterback in 2015.
Jul 24 - 9:00 AM

Ohio State graduate Braxton Miller told SI's Pete Thamel he is moving to H-back for the 2015 season.

The H-back is described as a hybrid receiver position. Another way to explain it: think of Aaron Hernandez's role in Urban Meyer's offense. Miller adds he will also focus on punt return, with 20% of his practice time spent at quarterback. Many other reporters have passed along buzz since the news broke, including Braxton's shoulder might not have healed to his liking, speeding up the position switch process. Expect to see Miller lined up all around Ohio State's formation.
Jul 23 - 10:06 PM

Les Miles says LSU "would've loved to have been in the running for" OSU graduate QB Braxton Miller if he expressed interest in transferring.

Miles said the team was not interested in Notre Dame transfer Everett Golson, and we think the SEC's strict rules against transfers with previous academic issues likely played a role in that. Presumed LSU starter Anthony Jennings is currently suspended for an academic issue.
Jul 20 - 3:01 PM

Ohio State graduate QB Braxton Miller said his son will also attend the university.

Anyone who may have questioned his commitment to the university might want to cease doing so. Miller has consistently re-affirmed his loyalty to the school and announced last week that he'll finish out his career with the Buckeyes. "Nah, I’m a Buckeye man. I got a tatt[oo] on my shoulder. My son is going to come here one day," Miller said, adding that he never considered a transfer. "It was just rumors. Teams weren’t really reaching out, it was just rumors and stuff. So I’m a Buckeye and that’s it." Miller will take on J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones for the starting QB job this summer. It'd be nice to see Miller moved to a hybrid role, as that's where he's likely headed in the pros.
Jul 14 - 9:32 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler reports that NFL scouts are pining to see Ohio State graduate QB Braxton Miller (labrum) "line up at running back or H-back, his most likely position at the next level, possibly following a similar path as former Big Ten quarterback Denard Robinson."

You'll recall Miller saying he was the best athlete in college football last year. Scouts now want him to prove it. "Miller is a gifted athlete with exciting open field abilities and outstanding speed, forcing defenses to respect his mobility," Brugler wrote. "He has above average arm strength and spins a pretty ball, but his downfield touch is not a strength and he needs to develop his accuracy in the intermediary passing game." Miller posted 4,133 passing yards and 2,339 rushing yards between 2012-2013. "Miller needs to tweak his mechanics, better anticipate coverages and improve his touch, tossing too many fastballs and rushing the process," Brugler wrote. "He has also been shelved at several points over his career with various injuries that leave evaluators skeptical if he can hold up physically in the pro game." Like many others, we expect HC Urban Meyer to use multiple quarterbacks as he once did at Florida with Chris Leak and Tim Tebow.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 14 - 8:51 PM

Ohio State graduate QB Braxton Miller (labrum) said he's the best athlete in college football and clarified that he's almost 100 percent healthy.

Miller has had a long road back from the season-ending torn labrum he suffered last August. "As it stands right now, I know I am the best athlete in college football," Miller said. "If any competition wants to come my way, I've just got to be smart about things and just stay looking forward." Miller announced this week that he will finish his career with the Buckeyes, meaning he will take on J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones for the starting QB job this summer. Though he doesn't yet have full rotation in his right arm, Miller believes that's right around the corner. "That comes with repetition," he said. "Other than that, I'm healthy." Some think HC Urban Meyer will deploy a multiple-QB scheme, as he did at Florida with Chris Leak and Tim Tebow.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 11 - 6:38 PM

Ohio State graduate QB Braxton Miller told the Columbus Dispatch he will finish his career with the Buckeyes.

"I’m from Ohio, this is my home state," Miller said. "This is where I started and this is where I’m going to finish it." Miller acknowledged schools reached out to him after he graduated from OSU in the hopes of luring him to transfer. Miller underwent a second shoulder operation which kept him out of the 2014 season, opening the door for J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones, and a College Football Playoff Championship. It is now official that Miller will be playing for the Buckeyes in 2015, in his final collegiate season.
Jul 9 - 3:28 PM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown wonders if the public has forgotten how good Ohio State graduate QB Braxton Miller is.

"He's not just one of the best running quarterbacks in college football; he's one of the best runners period, with Urban Meyer's offense giving him a perfect chance to maximize that ability," Brown wrote. "The problem? His style leaves him vulnerable to hits, and now the chief concern is whether the shoulder will ever be 100 percent again." In two seasons as starter before he missed 2014 due to injury, Miller logged 4,133 passing yards and 2,339 rushing yards. "Unlike Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett, his NFL future is probably not at quarterback," Brown wrote. "He's a senior who has done great things for Ohio State, and it seems absurd that he won't be a staring quarterback, if healthy. But that's what makes Ohio State's quarterback battle an impossible decision, and perhaps the greatest 'problem' any team has ever faced."
Jul 7 - 8:44 PM

Ohio State QBs J.T. Barrett, Cardale Jones and Braxton Miller all made the Maxwell Award preseason watch list.

Star RB Ezekiel Elliott also made the watch list. The Maxwell Award is given annually to the nation’s Player of the Year. To illustrate how ludicrous it is to have three quarterbacks from one team make this list -- and to be clear, the decision is absolutely justified, as whoever wins the QB competition will immediately be considered one of the top three candidates to win the award -- TCU was the only other school to even have three players named to the list in total (Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Florida State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Stanford and Tennessee had two each).
Jul 7 - 7:44 PM