When Braxton Miller announced he was making the switch to wide receiver in his fifth and final year at Ohio State, people were skeptical of how effectively he could move from quarterback, his natural position.
He took a step toward silencing his doubters with his performance in the Buckeyes’ season-opening win over Virginia Tech, a game in which Miller executed one of the craziest spin moves we’ve ever seen, but his production fluctuated the rest of the way. He finished the 2015 season with just 25 receptions for 340 yards and three touchdowns, as Urban Meyer tried to figure out how to use Miller’s skill set within the OSU offense.
After watching Miller’s performance through three days of practice for the Senior Bowl, it’s hard to deny that he was vastly underutilized at Ohio State.
Miller has been wowing fans and scouts alike with his precise route running, which has broken the ankles of several DBs during one-on-ones at Senior Bowl practice, as he tries to increase his stock for the upcoming NFL Draft.
First, he turns a DB completely around with a fake to the outside before cutting back inside and snagging a pass. Solid smack talk and shoving follows.
Miller uses his size and strength to redirect the cornerback, then fakes him out on an inside-out route before grabbing the ball on a diving catch for a touchdown.
NFL scouts are watching Miller to see if he has the ability to become a legitimate wide receiver in the NFL. Showing that he can learn and run precise routes is of the utmost importance. If his Senior Bowl practices are any indication, he’s well on his way to the pro ranks.