The Senior Bowl is the annual place where possible mid-round talents can skyrocket stock with a good week of practice and a stellar performance in the game.
One of the most-scouted events leading up to the NFL Draft, all eyes will be on the quarterback contingent and Ohio State wide receiver Braxton Miller. The two-time Big Ten Player of the Year had a solid campaign for the Buckeyes, hauling in 24 receptions for 325 yards and three touchdowns.
Miller has accepted an invitation to the 2016 Reese’s Senior Bowl, making him one of the annual all-star game’s most intriguing prospects in years.
Standing 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, Miller has explosive athleticism and size that parallels Victor Cruz of the Giants. We’ll ignore his season stats, and focus on the things he’ll do well at the next level.
“He will run a sub-4.4 at the combine, and show he’s a really competitive guy. He’ll knock it out,” said Meyer, whose new book, “Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Season” will be released this week.
At the 2015 combine, just seven of 323 participants recorded a time better than 4.4, with three of them being defensive backs.
Could you imagine being the offensive coordinator that lines Braxton Miller up in the slot, fast as Tavon Austin yet strong enough to dictate the matchup with any slot corner or safety that stands in his way?
You’re probably wondering if he’ll even be a quality receiver at the next level?
How about this catch:
Phil Savage of NFL.com said back in October that Miller’s instinct in making the catch prove that he can be a top flgith receiver in the NFL.
“To me, that first diving catch he made was the play that grabbed the attention of the NFL that said this guy can be a legitimate receiver,” Savage added. “As far as his NFL future, that was sensational in proving something he had never done before. That catch was big-time. The spin move was fantastic and that was icing on the cake, but we knew he was athletic.”
A strong showing at the Senior Bowl surrounded by premiere college talent and NFL coaches will only allow Miller to skyrocket up the board.
A blazing 40 at the Combine, along with strong route-running will enhance his potential at the next level. Could you imagine Bill Belichick getting his hands on a refined toy like Miller? It’s Julian Edelman all over again.
Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller released the latest edition of his mock draft, which includes projections for the second and third rounds.
Miller is coming off two shoulder surgeries which made him move from quarterback to H-Back, but if he can learn the position, work hard at his craft and develop, he’ll be the steal of this NFL Draft.