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Braxton Miller | Quarterback

Team: Ohio State Buckeyes
Age / DOB:  (23) / 5/26/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215

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ESPN's Matt Bowen heard Ohio State WR Braxton Miller being compared to Percy Harvin at the Senior Bowl.
"We are talking about a dynamic player," Bowen wrote. "But Miller has a much bigger pro frame and plays with a noticeable toughness on the field. This isn't a 'gadget' guy in the playbook. Nah, he's a true football player." The analyst also believes Miller brings with him inherent roster flexibility options. "Given his experience playing quarterback in college, smart organizations will use Miller as a No. 3 quarterback on the gameday roster, design specific schemes for him on two-point opportunities (QB-designed runs) and get him the ball in a variety of ways," he wrote. If Miller tests well at the combine, Bowen thinks he'll get a second-round grade. Feb 2 - 5:02 PM

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Ohio State WR Braxton Miller "spent the better part of [Senior Bowl] week turning defensive backs around with incredible route-running, while also dazzling in individual agility drills," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He was the best pure athlete on the field all week -- and he looked natural catching the ball, considering he's just a year removed from playing quarterback," McShay wrote. He graded Miller as the No. 11 prospect he evaluated at the Senior Bowl. A panel of NFL scouts named Miller the Senior Bowl Practice Player of the Week. Miller recently went No. 24 to the Bengals in Chad Reuter's four-round mock draft, an indication of how quickly his stock is rising.
Feb 1 - 6:15 PM

Ohio State WR Braxton Miller went No. 24 to the Bengals in Chad Reuter's four-round mock draft.

It's the first time we've seen Miller mocked in the first round by a national analyst, a development that speaks to how well Miller acquitted himself at the Senior Bowl. "Braxton Miller's still learning the position, but his athleticism and natural hands will earn him high grades," Reuter wrote. "Combining A.J. Green and Miller on the outside will only make Tyler Eifert more dangerous ... and Andy Dalton more comfortable."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 1 - 1:13 PM

Ohio State WR Braxton Miller caught two passes for eight yards in Saturday's Reese's Senior Bowl.

Heading into Saturday, Miller had scouts gushing over his athletic ability, to the point that he was named the Practice Player of the Week due to a variety of eye-popping plays. The Senior Bowl itself showed the other side of the 6-foot-2, 215-pound wideout's coin. "He was targeted often," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler noted, "but dropped a screen pass and had his signals crossed on several other plays." On the more positive side, Miller did draw a pass interference call and had a 31-yard kick return. Concluded Brugler, "He is clearly still very raw as a route-runner, but his special athleticism and upside will likely land him somewhere in the top 40 picks." Like just about everybody on the planet, we love the former Buckeye's athletic ability. He should not, however, be viewed as a slam dunk NFLer. There's boom potential here, but the bust potential is just as high, if not higher.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 31 - 4:52 PM

A panel of NFL scouts named Ohio State WR Braxton Miller the Senior Bowl Practice Player of the Week.

In response to being named the week's big winner, Miller said, "You just put in the time and the determination in how you want to perfect your craft it shows on the field. So, that's what I've been doing." Among the oodles of praise the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder's received over the course of the week, CBS Sports Rob Rang called him "a different level of athlete" than his fellow Senior Bowl wideouts, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah noted that he "doesn't have any physical limitations" and Rotoworld's Josh Norris called his movement "special." His relatively modest regular season numbers in 2015 (26 catches for 341 yards and three touchdowns) are more/less irrelevant in this situation, as Miller was transitioning to wide receiver from quarterback and NFL teams are not going to be viewing him as a finished product.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 30 - 4:35 PM

Per CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang, "no player drew more wows from the crowd this week" than Ohio State WR Braxton Miller.

"Miller is simply a different level of athlete than the other receivers attending this year's Senior Bowl," Rang wrote, "showing great quickness, balance and reaction time to generate separation and make eye-popping receptions appear routine." The analyst had two real points of critique: First, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound converted-quarterback remains raw in the finer points of receiving. Second, he's shown durability issues at times with the Buckeyes. Both of these things are true, but Miller's Senior Bowl practice week has been widely viewed as a smashing success.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 29 - 8:41 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah noted that it was "impossible to ignore [Ohio State WR Braxton Miller's] suddenness in his release as well as his ability to find another gear when the ball is in the air."

Jeremiah wrote that Miller "doesn't have any physical limitations" and highlighted one practice play in particular. "He made one ridiculous catch on the sideline where he completely spun around and plucked the ball away from his frame," wrote Jeremiah of the 6-foot-2, 215-pound prospect. "That was all I needed to see. He's going to figure it all out at the next level and he's going to be a stud." Miller will need to continue to work on his route-running (no surprise that that's his weakest area given his newness to the position), but scouts have loved what they've seen of the quarterback-turned-wideout in the early going.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 29 - 2:47 PM

Ohio State WR Braxton Miller responded to a question about getting drafted by the Atlanta Falcons by saying he'd love to play with Julio Jones.

"I would love to come help out Julio in Atlanta," Miller told ESPN at the Reese's Senior Bowl. "I would love to wear the red and black." According to ESPN, Miller had an informal talk with the Falcons earlier this week. Miller has acquitted himself well with scouts during Senior Bowl practices. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote that Miller "could make an immediate impact as a multipurpose playmaker" and called him "the most natural punt returner that I've seen in years."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 29 - 11:05 AM

At Wednesday's Senior Bowl session, Ohio State WR Braxton Miller "did a great job of creating separation during one-on-one drills — the only plays during which he wasn’t open, he was being held — and looked very quick when running routes," according to Pro Football Focus.

"Miller is going to be an interesting prospect for us to evaluate, because he posted only a slightly above-average grade, but did so on a relatively low number of targets (38, of which he caught 26)," the site noted. "He stood out for his elusiveness, however, forcing 16 missed tackles on 68 touches as a runner and receiver this season — which is an excellent rate. He also only dropped one pass all season long, alleviating any concerns some might have about the converted QB’s hands." The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Miller continues to draw rave reviews at the event for his athleticism. Rotoworld's Josh Norris says Miller's "movement is special at a position that can benefit from an athletic advantage."
Jan 28 - 1:15 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris says Ohio State WR Braxton Miller's "movement is special at a position that can benefit from an athletic advantage."

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Miller has drawn positively rave reviews for his athleticism, though evaluators are still trying to get a grasp on how much growth he has left in terms of technical refinement. "Braxton Miller was obviously a hot topic," Norris reported from the Senior Bowl. "From the first game of the season you could see natural receiving skills, namely catching the ball away from his body after adjusting to make the catch. Sadly, the step back in quarterback play for Ohio State limited Miller’s effectiveness, and I think it made Urban Meyer resort to more manufactured touches. Miller is not a finished product, but his movement is special at a position that can benefit from an athletic advantage."
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 28 - 10:17 AM

Ohio State WR Braxton Miller patterns his game after Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown.

Not a bad template to work from for a neophyte receiver. "AB, Antonio Brown, he's the guy (I emulate)," Miller said. "He's got athleticism and explosion. He can play inside and outside, so he brings both to the table." Miller has tantalizing upside, but NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein was a bit more realistic in his NFL comparison for Miller, likening him to Washington Redskins WR Andre Roberts. "I love getting to go outside (against cornerbacks in single coverage)," Miller said. "It's a lot more fun outside. Either you will win or he will win, so it's a chance to show out. Inside, you've got the safety, you've got a rotation guy, the linebacker, on the outside it's one on one. Inside, it's more traffic." He's at the Senior Bowl, where CBS Sports Dane Brugler said "...when it comes to athletes at North practice, it's Braxton Miller and then everyone else."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 27 - 3:53 PM

Ohio State WR Braxton Miller indicated that he never gave serious thought to transferring to Alabama.

It's all moot now, but with the ascension of J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones during the 2014 season, there was much talk that Miller might transfer from the Buckeyes last offseason. That didn't happen. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder instead transitioned over to wide receiver with Ohio State and went on to catch 26 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns during the 2015 campaign. He's at the Senior Bowl now, and boy howdy, people are high on him. Among the praise that he's received during the early practice week, CBS Sports Dane Brugler said that "when it comes to athletes at North practice, it's Braxton Miller and then everyone else" while Jeff Cavanaugh of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas wrote "other wideouts don't compare to Braxton Miller in agility drills. Amazing athlete."
Jan 26 - 9:49 PM

Per NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks, "scouts are anxious to see how [Ohio State WR Braxton] Miller adapts to running routes in a pro system."

While Miller caught just 26 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns this past season, Brooks believes he "made tremendous progress as a receiver in his first season at the position after moving from quarterback." The analyst calls the 6-foot-2, 215-pound athlete an "ultra-talented playmaker." In defense of Miller's subdued stats, the former quarterback not only dealt with his transition to a new position, he also had to endure a fractured QB situation between Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett, plus an occasionally bizarre approach to play-calling by the Buckeye coaching staff. Brooks sees him as a potential Top-50 pick if he can show legitimate progress in his refinement as a wideout. There's no arguing Miller's raw talent, but he's a draft wild card in many ways, with as much boom/bust potential as any player out there.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 25 - 11:49 PM

Ohio State WR Braxton Miller said his shoulder injury is 100 percent healthy ahead of the Senior Bowl.

Miller is a "full go" for the event's week of practice, and it is a meaningful one for his evaluation. Miller looked far more natural than expected at receiver this season, creating separation and laying out for difficult catches. His production might not back that up, which is one reason why Miller was used as a manufactured touch player this season, taking snaps in the backfield and on sweeps.
Jan 15 - 10:14 AM

Ohio State WR Braxton Miller caught two passes for 12 yards and ran the ball twice for 26 yards in the school's 44-28 win over Notre Dame.

Miller looked like he was going to be featured early in this contest, but the Buckeyes did not exactly need him once going up big on the shoulders of the rushing attack. Miller was mainly used as a manufactured touch player this season due to OSU's passing struggles. The question is if that will be the case in the NFL. His week of practice in Mobile could be telling.
Jan 1 - 5:05 PM