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Braxton Miller | Quarterback

Team: Ohio State Buckeyes
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/26/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 201

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Texans selected Ohio State WR Braxton Miller with the No. 85 overall pick in the 2016 draft.
Miller (6'1/201) spent five years at Ohio State, the first three at quarterback, the fourth as an injury redshirt recovering from shoulder surgery, and the fifth at receiver, catching 26 passes for 341 yards (13.1 YPR) and three touchdowns. An explosive athlete, Miller ran 4.5-flat at the Combine with a 10-foot-3 broad jump and elite agility scores. Miller generated a ton of buzz early in the pre-draft process, but he's a project still learning a new position. Once he grasps wideout, Miller will offer big-play ability and YAC potential in the slot. We're just not convinced he'll be able to contribute right away. Apr 29 - 10:59 PM

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Draft insider Tony Pauline connects Ohio State WR Braxton Miller to the Titans in round two.

"There's a very good chance the Tennessee Titans will use (a second round pick) to select Braxton Miller," Pauline writes, adding many don't expect Miller to make it past the Texans in round two. Obviously that could change if the Texans draft a receiver in round one. Miller's process has been quiet since the Senior Bowl, but a second round selection for the one year receiver would be a great story.
Apr 27 - 9:53 AM

An anonymous NFL scout compared Ohio State WR Braxton Miller to Percy Harvin as a player where you "just get him the ball and let him be an athlete."

"He's still raw at receiver. Kind of an introverted kid," he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Not a big personality. I wouldn't take him before the third. Just average smarts." Miller had only 26 catches for 341 yards (13.1) and three scores in his only season as a receiver. "He is a project, but a worthwhile project," a second scout said. "He's got speed, and he's probably the best runner of the football of the whole group." A third quoted scout wasn't high on Miller: "I really have my doubts right now. There's a long way for him to go. He's an athlete, but draft him high? Not me."
Apr 22 - 8:57 PM

An NFC scout speaking to Sports Illustrated projects Ohio State WR Braxton Miller as a mid-to-late second rounder.

"He’s a guy that’s going to need a lot of coaching but you have a lot of tools to work with," the scout said. Both the projection and the explanation sound about right. Miller is a tremendous athlete who surprising ran a sluggish 4.5 forty at the Combine. "Absolutely I was pissed off," Miller says. "I went straight to my college strength coach and said, ‘We’ve got to get this right.’ I’ve never run a 4.5 in my life. We switched up the training before the pro day and did more speed and agility." Miller improved his forty to the low 4.3s at his Pro Day.
Source: MMQB
Apr 7 - 2:12 PM

Pro Football Focus says Ohio State WR Braxton Miller is a "few years away" and pegs him as the eighth-most overrated player in the class.

PFF says his future is probably in the slot as an "offense weapon", as opposed to becoming a traditional receiver featured on the outside. "As we’ve seen with Tavon Austin, offensive weapon has a limited value." Michael Renner wrote. "His route running at the moment is terribly raw. His releases off the line of scrimmage are among the slowest in college football." The analyst went on to relay an interesting anecdote from the Senior Bowl, where Miller, on a 12-yard out route, took over four seconds to reach his final break, "an eternity in the NFL."
Mar 18 - 5:44 PM

Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar compares Ohio State WR Braxton Miller to Randall Cobb.

Miller completed 395-of-666 passes for 5,292 yards and a 52/17 TD/INT ratio and rushed 600 times for 3,315 yards and 33 touchdowns at Ohio State, but he had only 25 catches for 340 yards and three touchdowns as a receiver in 2015 and remains raw at that position. "There’s absolutely no question about Miller’s athleticism; the thing that will push him into the second or third round is his relatively limited palette," Farrar wrote after breaking down his game. "To be honest, that would be the best place for him to start: as a second- or third-day draft pick who has to work his way up the latter." The analyst invoked Percy Harvin, Tavon Austin and Cordarrelle Patterson as athletic receivers who struggled to acclimate to the pro game.
Mar 16 - 2:09 PM

Ohio State WR Braxton Miller is "a joy to watch in space," writes Pro Football Focus' Gordon McGuiness.

On only 26 receptions last year, Miller broke eight tackles and juked himself free of defenders who didn't even have a chance to touch him first. Despite his obvious talent, PFF only sees Miller as a third-rounder and the No. 13 receiver in the class. "With Miller there is a lot of projection, especially considering he played just one year at wide receiver in college after moving over from quarterback," McGuiness wrote. "He is raw as a prospect, and his route running needs a lot of work, something you notice when you watch him take far too long to make a cut on a route."
Mar 15 - 9:24 PM

ESPN's Austin Ward hears that Ohio State WR Braxton Miller ran an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.36 seconds at the program's pro day.

Yowza. Miller was clocked at a relatively sluggish 4.50 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine several weeks back. The number jumped out, with the general expectation being that the former Big Ten Player of the Year would log one of the fastest 40's at the scouting event. That didn't come to pass, but he apparently ate a ton of Wheaties over the past few weeks, because he unofficially smashed that 4.50 mark by more than a tenth of a second at Friday's pro day. The 6-foot-1, 201-pound Buckeye product's an undeniably electric athlete, though he has so little time at wide receiver (he caught just 25 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns in his first season of wideout work in 2015) that his transition to the pro ranks will likely take some time.
Mar 11 - 4:12 PM

Ohio State WR Braxton Miller is not listed in Dane Brugler's top 50 prospect rankings for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Miller previously ranked at No. 49 on the list and "just missed" the update. Many other receivers find themselves in the top 50, including Laquon Treadwell (6), Corey Coleman (25), Josh Doctson (32), Michael Thomas (35), Pharoh Cooper (37), Will Fuller (38), Rashard Higgins (47) and Sterling Shepard (48). Many fawned over Miller's ability at the Senior Bowl, but it could be argued that the one on ones were a showcase of quickness and athleticism more than receiving skills.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 7 - 8:33 AM

Ohio State WR Braxton Miller had an 89-percent similarity score with Greg Salas based on Combine athletic testing.

Miller's time in Indianapolis was a bit of the hit/miss variety, as he ran slower in the 40-yard dash than was expected (4.50 seconds), but he burned the 60-yard shuttle to the ground with a position-best 10.84 seconds. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder's athletic comparable (at least in terms of combine numbers), Greg Salas, was selected out of Hawaii in the fourth round of the 2011 draft by the artist formerly known as the St. Louis Rams. Miller won't be falling that far. NFL Media's Mike Mayock views him as a second-rounder, while fellow analyst Chad Reuter has him scraping the top edge of the second round at pick No. 32 to the Browns in a mid-February mock draft.
Mar 4 - 10:40 PM

Ohio State WR Braxton Miller is a second-rounder in NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock's estimation.

This is about in line with where we see Miller. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks him as the No. 44 prospect in the class. Miller himself says he's a no-doubt first-round talent. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Miller's 4.50 second 40-yard dash wasn't as fast as he wanted (Miller's goal was 4.28 seconds), but his 60-yard shuttle of 10.84 seconds led all wide receivers and tied for the second-fastest time since 2006 (Brandin Cooks had the best). During the Combine telecast, Mayock added this about the prospect: "Will you burn a first-round pick on a developmental player? ... "[Miller]'s special with the ball in his hands. There will be a home for him, and he will make a lot of money in this league."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 29 - 1:50 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said that Ohio State WR Braxton Miller "will make a lot of money in [the NFL]."

"Will you burn a first-round pick on a developmental player?" Mayock asked. He didn't exactly answer that question, but did say that "[Miller]'s special with the ball in his hands. There will be a home for him, and he will make a lot of money in this league." The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder participated in drills at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday, running the 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds. That wasn't among the top receiver times (though it's fine), but Miller absolutely excelled in more agility-oriented drills, completing the three-cone drill in 6.65 seconds (third-best time among receivers) and leading the pack in the 60-yard shuttle at 10.84 seconds.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 27 - 8:26 PM

Ohio State WR Braxton Miller has "a chance to solidify himself as a top-50 selection" at this week's Combine, believes ESPN's Kevin Weidl.

"He put together quality tape this fall, but he really caught scouts' eyes at the Senior Bowl, where he exceeded expectations as a route runner with his ball skills," Weidl wrote. "Miller is one of the more explosive athletes in this class and is expected to test well during the workout portion. He has a chance to solidify himself as a top-50 selection, which is significantly higher than the Day 3 projection he would have held if he had remained a quarterback." Miller recently stated his goal of running a 4.28 40-yard dash in Indy. We know he's put up a 4.36 before. Anything in the 4.3s would be just dandy, but getting into the 4.2s would certainly steam his sleeper Rd. 1 hype.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 23 - 7:44 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Ohio State WR Braxton Miller as the No. 44 prospect in the draft.

"The big question is if Miller is more than a manufactured touch player early on in his career, and if so can he play on the outside or strictly in the slot," Norris wrote. "Miller displayed natural receiving skills in his first game against Virginia Tech in terms of contorting his body to adjust for catches. OSU, perhaps because of quarterback play, attempted to force touches to him. Miller can create separation in his breaks (sometimes too many breaks) and is nasty with the ball in his hands." The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Miller has been clocked at 4.36 in the forty. He's going to get a chance to run for scouts later this week.
Source: Rotoworld
Feb 23 - 6:32 PM

Ohio State WR Braxton Miller said, "[My 40-yard dash time is] going to be low 4.3, but I want to run 4.28 seconds."

Miller's actively lost weight, in part because he hopes to put up a Superman-esque number in the 40-yard dash. He had previously been been clocked at 4.36 when he weighed in at 215 pounds, but the 6-foot-2 Buckeye's dropped that weight closer to 200 with the combine nearing. CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler believes a time below 4.30 seconds in the 40 "would obviously help his case for the draft's first round." That kind of time certainly wouldn't hurt him, but we already know Braxton Miller is very, very fast.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 19 - 1:06 PM