Braxton Miller will always be remembered more of his quarterbacking than his receiving at Ohio State, but he still figures to be among the first wideouts taken in this year’s NFL Draft.
Miller ran a so-so 4.5 in the 40-yard dash at the Combine last week, but he was among the top performers at his position in several events, including the short shuttle, 60-yard shuttle and three-cone drill.
“I felt like I went fast, (so) I was kind of worried about the 4.5,” Miller said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “But other than that, everything went great.”
Miller, 23, stuck around to watch other players run the 40 and said he didn’t need a clock to tell which prospects ran well and which ones didn’t.
“Yeah, I can definitely tell,” he said. “I don’t have to look at a clock at all. I can definitely tell with the explosion, how fast they pick up speed and things like that.”
Miller, a two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, switched from quarterback to receiver before last season, mainly because of the glut of quarterbacks Ohio State returned from its national-title squad. He hurt his shoulder several times at Ohio State but doesn’t regret playing quarterback for the first 3+ years of his career.
“Quarterback was my thing,” Miller said. “I really like playing quarterback, but things happened. I had to overcome a lot of things and I figured it out. Receiver is my position.”
Miller caught 26 passes for 341 yards – 13.1 yards per catch – and three touchdowns last season. He also ran 42 times for 260 yards and a touchdown, mostly out of the Wildcat and on gadget plays. He said he is getting good feedback from pro scouts, who love how seamlessly Miller made the transition from quarterback to receiver.
“Absolutely, absolutely,” Miller said. “(My) potential and how fast I got used to running all the routes and things like that . . . is pretty big. All type of reports come out throughout the week. I’m getting good feedback. It’s going to be great.”
Miller didn’t get too many crazy questions at the Combine, though one team randomly asked him to recite the ABCs. Miller said he plans to attend the draft in April.
“(Getting drafted has) been my dream since I started playing football,” he said, “so absolutely.”