This is it. Miller has had a whole season under his belt at wide receiver, and now's his chance to show NFL scouts that he can be a productive offensive asset. His senior season was limited to a few slick moves and couple of wildcat calls, but there are still many lingering questions as to Miller's effectiveness on the receiving end of the ball. He recorded 26 receptions for 341 yards and three touchdowns, added to his 260 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown in 2015.
Ohio State WR Braxton Miller: 6013, 204 lbs, 918 hands, 3178 arms. Very good height and weight for him.— Joe Marino (@TheJoeMarino) January 26, 2016
All eyes were seemingly on the former quarterback in the week ahead of the Senior Bowl, but it didn't take long for scouts to see what Buckeye Nation has known for years -- Braxton Miller is one hell of an athlete, regardless of position. He's proven to have quick feet, great hands, and a burst of speed that can leave the best eating his dust.
Braxton Miller just roasted the DB on a double move and Jeff Driskel missed him by five yards. #SeniorBowl— Jackson Safon (@JacksonSafon) January 26, 2016
His athleticism is what stood out the most for Braxton Miller, but he also caught everything in practice. Elite body control and reflexes.— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) January 27, 2016
Miller will join three other Buckeyes for the North team, coached by the Dallas Cowboys, and will be among most other Big Ten teams, AAC, Mac and Pac-12 as well.
Dane Brugler of CBS Sports, also noted, "His release off the line, short-area quickness in his breaks and long-speed to create separation routinely stood out on Tuesday. Miller also caught everything his way with elite body control and quick reflexes."
Scouts and fans alike were interested to see how he would perform in drills for his new position, but he earned rave reviews from Day 1. He has learned the fundamentals of receiver and has blown past defenses at practice all week. Showing natural ability to the NFL scouts is certainly a benefit, with less introduction needed to start his career.
Braxton Miller/WR/OSU just continues to impress. Looks like he's been playing WR his whole life. Another WOW day for Miller.— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) January 27, 2016
OSU WR Braxton Miller is making these one-on-one drills look like he’s the older kid on the playground. Dominating. #SeniorBowl— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) January 27, 2016
Sometimes it was even down right mean, how he handled the defensive backs on 1-on-1 drills.
There is also a chance Miller is used in the return game on special teams, and given how he looked in practice, this might not be a stretch. Bucky Brooks, NFL analyst, noted that Miller was, "the most natural punt returner that I've seen in years. He catches the ball effortlessly with his hands and looks like a veteran judging the ball in the air. With Miller also displaying improved route-running skills and impressive ball skills, he could make an immediate impact as a multipurpose playmaker."
During his one-on-one interview ahead of Saturday's game, Miller was asked if he was underutilized at Ohio State, to which he replied, "Yeah, I'd say so. I really like to show my talents. Now I'm in a position that I gotta showcase my talents on a national level like the Senior Bowl and Combine. Then I might get better exposure."
He went on to discuss what he was looking to prove in the Senior Bowl, "Man, I just wanna shock the world, man. I just wanna really prove myself. The type of football player I am and receiver. How good of a receiver I am. And I just wanna have fun and have exciting times and show the scouts and GMs and even you - you probably haven't gotten to see me all year with the limited touches and things like that. But other than that, I just wanna showcase what I can do really."
He was also asked about his incredible spin move against Virginia Tech, and Miller wasn't one to shy away from the feat, "That was me. That's me. That's how I play the game: very exciting and very electric. And once I'm in a rhythm, magical things happen like that. It happened at the right time, right place. That's just Braxton. That's me." -- and who doesn't love a good third-person reference.
Miller is also very aware that he is still new to wideout, and is using his time at the Senior Bowl to work on getting open, getting separation from defenses and working on his footwork. His shoulder is back to 100% for the contest, and is allowing him to participate fully in blocking drills, just not throwing ones.
At this point, it looks like he could land on any of the 32 NFL teams.
Braxton is arguably the most dangerous player in the class once he has the football. Hard to put a ceiling on that. https://t.co/0fItR8RUcz— styles jack (@BGNatan) January 27, 2016
Some of the most successful franchises right now are even looking at taking the former Ohio State player in the second round based on his Senior Bowl practices.
Told right now the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots & KC Chiefs like Braxton Miller/WR/Ohio State in round two.— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) January 28, 2016
But there are also plenty of other teams who are interested in the wideout too.
Senior Bowl players will meet/talk with most teams but couple who talked Falcons interest were Braxton Miller, Deion Jones, Matt Ioannidis— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) January 27, 2016
#Browns HC Hue Jackson on Braxton Miller: "What a tremendous young man. He looks like a natural, he's got natural instincts"— Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) January 27, 2016
It wasn't all business for the Buckeye, who also found time to have a little fun with the Houston Texans snapchat.