Ohio State Pro Day Review – Buccaneers Edition
Braxton Miller – WR
Braxton Miller isn’t the only Buckeyes quarterback to transition to wide receiver, but he may become the most successful.
A quicker than fast player who can make defenders miss in the open field, Miller is a big play waiting to happen. With his quarterback background, he offers up a plethora of play-calling opportunities most NFL teams just don’t have.
At the combine, Miller was disappointed with his 4.50 second 40-yard time, and responded at the pro day by posting a 4.38 second effort. Now, some will argue home-field advantage – and they may be right – but either way, he’s a fast player who only seems to get faster when the pads go on.
In Columbus, Miller ran a full list of routes, and was a regular participant in what surpassed 70 throws by Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones. In these drills, he showed his versatility and hands as he consistently caught passes away from his body, and had to adjust to the ball in flight. There was no lack of effort on every play as Miller looked to prove to teams he has what it takes to make it at the NFL level.
For the Buccaneers drafting 74th overall, and 11th in the third round, it’s going to be touch-and-go to see Braxton fall to them. If he does though, he can provide the kind of slot play the team missed out on when they let the San Diego Chargers nab unrestricted free-agent Travis Benjamin.
A total team player, Miller probably wouldn’t mind returning kicks for the Bucs either while he looked to give the team a long-term speed option at the receiver position.
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