Scouting the NFL Draft: WR Braxton Miller

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Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio St.
Ht. 6'1⅜", Wt. 204, Arm: 31 ¾, Hand: 9 ⅛, Bench: 17
40 yd: 4.50, 10 yd.: 1.61, 3 Cone: 6.65, Vertical: 35", Broad: 10'3"
Games Watched: Michigan St., Virginia Tech, Rutgers

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Braxton Miller became the starting QB for Ohio State by the fourth game of his freshman season and he finished the year with more than 1,000 yards passing and a team-leading 715 yards rushing. He led the Buckeyes to the sixth unbeaten season in school history in 2012 and was a finalist for the Davey O'Brien award (best quarterback). He carried his success over to his junior season, when he won his second consecutive Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year award.

After missing the 2014 season with a shoulder injury, Miller switched to a H-Back — a hybrid running back-wide receiver role for the Buckeyes. He averaged 6.1 yards per carry, 13.6 yards per reception and one touchdown per 17 touches. But he really opened eyes at the Senior Bowl, where was basically uncoverable and voted the best practice performance by NFL scouts.

Strengths

• Speed - Plays at a different speed, elite quickness
• Size - Big for his role
• Strength - Shrugs off press coverage
• Separation - Quick sharp cuts
• Run After Catch - Electric with ball
• Vision - Sees openings like a RB
• Tracks Ball - Natural locating ball in air
• Versatility - Can be WR, RB, QB and KR

Weaknesses

• Inexperienced - Being a QB helps, but he's been a WR for one year
• Hands - Inconsistent technique
• Catch Point - Didn't see him fight for ball in the air
• Limited Route Tree - Raw as a route runner
• Injuries - Missed time from at least four injuries in college

Verdict: Second-Round Pick

Miller was not an NFL quarterback, so switching to H-Back for Ohio State for a year likely made him some money. The conversion isn't the only thing Miller has in common with Green Bay's Randall Cobb, as they're very similar athletically and Miller -- a few inches taller than Cobb -- will likely impact his NFL team in a similar role.

The Cowboys likely got a pretty good look at Miller at the Senior Bowl, but anyone who drafts him would basically be doing so off 68 college touches. There's not a lot of film on him, but what's there is electric. If Miller is on the board when the Cowboys pick in the second round, he'd be a good value selection there and would make the Cowboys offense more dynamic.

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