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LGHL NFL Draft 2016 prospect: Braxton Miller

Harry Lyles Jr.

NFL Draft 2016 prospect: Braxton Miller
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The former quarterback is quickly earning respect as a wideout.

One of the most beloved players in Ohio State history, and the most discussed player of the 2015 season was a big hit at the combine. Miller famously made the switch to wide receiver right before the 2015 season after dealing with a shoulder injury the previous season, and he displayed the strides he has made at the combine with his speed and athleticism.

At Ohio State, Miller completed 59.4 percent of his passes, compiling 5,295 yards, 52 touchdowns, and just 17 interceptions. His outstanding 2012 and 2013 seasons earned him Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors, along with All-Big Ten 1st Team nominations. He also finished 5th in Heisman Trophy voting in 2012, and 9th in 2013. And while he didn't provide the consistent spark that many had hoped at h-back for the Buckeyes in the 2015 campaign, he definitely gave Buckeye fans their moments. He will undoubtedly be missed in Columbus.


Height: 6'1

Weight: 204

Arms: 30 7/8"

Hands: 9 1/8"


Miller was quick to address his position change when he met with the media. When asked if he sees it as a blessing now, he retorted, "Absolutely, for sure. I love it. I'm just thankful to play football again. I'm out here doing what I love to do and putting everything in god's hands. That's what I've been doing, just perfecting my craft. I want to be one of the best. That's what I've been doing since I switched positions."

He weighed in at 204 pounds and was asked if that's his ideal size for production at the next level. He noted that he has to stay as lean as possible following "that tragic situation with my hamstrings" that slowed his down last year, noting "that's a tough situation right there."

Despite his shoulder injury and surgery, he's not afraid to block as a receiver, "I just practice at it. Coach Meyer got me right. It was different coming from quarterback not even touching a soul. Now it's just part of the position."

Being a receiver in the League takes more than pure athleticism -- which Miller has in spades -- and requires a myriad of different skills on and off the field.

"There's a lot of things you have to prepare yourself for going to the next level. It's not about who's the fastest or the strongest. It's about perfecting the receiver position. There's a lot that goes into it. I've been doing my homework. It's not about athleticism. It's not about speed. It's not about strength."


Bench press: 17 reps

40-yard dash: First run: 4.5 unofficial, Second run: 4.55 unofficial

Position drills: TBD

Vertical jump: TBD

Broad jump: 11'

20-yard shuttle run: TBD

Miller's first 40 left some to be desired:

#Buckeyes Braxton Miller 4.50 in the 40-yard dash. Take a look for yourself. pic.twitter.com/yfYVFTcsNC

— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) February 27, 2016

Here's Miller doing the broad jump:


If you ask Miller, he'll without a doubt tell you he's a first round choice -- riding the line of confident and arrogant -- but he's right. Most scouts were expecting the former quarterback to be taken in the first round of the NFL Draft, with a chance of slipping to the early second round. We'll have to see how his slower than expected 40 times factor in.

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