With only one year of wide receiver experience under his belt, Braxton Miller's elite athleticism and unlimited ceiling allowed him to be drafted by the Houston Texans with the No. 85 pick in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Miller had one of the most decorated and respected careers in the vast history of Ohio State football.
Miller came to Ohio State as one of the best quarterback recruits in the country, started as a true freshman and was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013. After dominating the Big Ten as a quarterback for two-and-a-half seasons, he face off against Clemson in the 2014 Orange Bowl, where he left it all on the field and hurt his throwing shoulder in the process. Miller got himself ready to begin his final campaign and leave Ohio State on a great note; however, he re-injured his throwing shoulder just weeks before the first game of the 2014 season. Miller sat on the sidelines in a sling while he watched his two backup quarterbacks lead the Buckeyes on a magical run, that ended in a national championship. With both backups returning to school for the 2015 season, Miller had a choice to make; would he head to the NFL, compete against the two quarterbacks, or change positions to wide receiver, where he could showcase his athleticism.
He took the selfless approach by switching to wide receiver for his senior season, which also helped him become a legit NFL prospect.
In his first game as a wideout versus Virginia Tech, Miller had nine touches for 140 yards and two highlight-reel touchdowns. Although he was underutilized and put into odd situations (obvious keeper plays) after that initial game, Miller showed enough in his limited targets to gain an invite to the Senior Bowl, where he flourished in practice. The former quarterback made the opposing cornerbacks look like high schoolers, as Miller turned them around on the regular and shook them out of their cleats.
At the NFL Combine, the 6'1", 204 lb athlete ran a disappointing 4.5 40-yard dash, but the wide receiver group as a whole struggled in that department. He bounced back by showing his quickness in the agility drills. His three-cone of 6.65 seconds, his 4.07 20-yard shuttle and his 10.84 second 60-yard shuttle all were top performances in his group. Also, he improved his 40-yard dash to 4.41 seconds at the Ohio State pro day.
The former Buckeye has the basics down and the natural athletic ability to become a great slot receiver soon; but his route running, his ability to gain separation and his hands will all need to become more consistent before he is a go-to receiver. Miller's future wide receiver coach will be able to mold him like clay and he will hopefully become one of the most feared slot receiver's and punt returner's in the NFL.
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