One of the most intriguing prospects in the NFL Draft is Braxton Miller from Ohio State. During his four years in Columbus Miller played running back, receiver and quarterback and excelled at each position. But with the 2016 NFL Draft coming up where exactly in an NFL offense does he fit?
After a stellar year in 2013 Miller was injured before the season and had to watch a JT Barrett and Cardale Jones took over and led the Buckeyes to the National Championship with wins over Alabama and Oregon in the College Football Playoffs. Upon his return he opted to play at receiver and H-back for Urban Meyer’s team. In his first game at his new position Miller almost broke the internet with his spin move against Virginia Tech.
Miller finished the game with two touchdowns, one receiving and one rushing. He caught three passes for 79 yards and ran for 61 yards on 5 carries. However, that was his best game statistically all year and Miller never really was the #1 receiver in the offense. When you have Michael Thomas on the team you tend to not get a many balls.
It’s not likely that Miller will play QB in the NFL. It’s possible he could run some trick plays or run the wildcat. One benefit of drafting him as a receiver means you only have to carry two quarterbacks. Some teams carry three while other keep two and have one on the practice squad. With Miller on the roster it means you have a third string QB in place if something happens to your starter and back-up in the same game.
Miller runs the 40 in 4.32. That’s pretty good. That kind of speed is what NFL GMs look for. He has drawn comparisons to Randall Cobb who played QB and receiver at Kentucky. As we all know Cobb has had a stellar career in Green Bay but Miller is faster and taller than the Packers receiver.
When you try to guess where Miller will be drafted it really is a crap-shoot. He has the skills to go anywhere from the 2nd round but you don’t know how NFL general manager’s will value his stats from last year compared to his upside. I would bet he gets drafted late and earns a roster spot this summer with a team. The former Buckeye will probably have to start as a slot receiver or fourth on the depth chart to get his foot in the door. But with some coaching Miller could wind up just like Cobb and find his niche in the NFL.
A team like the Steelers could be a good fit for Miller. Antwaan Randle El shined in Pittsburgh’s offense catching passes and running trick plays. The Packers could also be a good fit. Maybe the Browns would take a chance on the Ohio State legend and get fans excited about a local kid on the team.
Miller will likely be invited to the NFL Combine and depending on how he does we will get a good idea of where he stands in NFL scouts eyes next month.