Senior Bowl 2016: Braxton Miller Putting on a Show for NFL Scouts (WATCH)By Russell Westerholm
Braxton Miller has left little doubt about how elite his athleticism truly is, but his mission at the Senior Bowl this week is to prove himself as a wide receiver.
After winning the Big Ten offensive player of the year award twice as a quarterback at Ohio State, Miller missed his entire senior season with a shoulder injury. But when he returned for one last season as a graduate student, it was at a new position.
Miller faces a challenge many dual-threat QBs before him have taken on: a transition to a new position in order to find a place on an NFL roster. More recently, Denard Robinson became a running back and Nick Marshall a cornerback, but both made their position changes during pre-draft activities. While such a move can be hit or miss, Miller may have helped himself out by getting ahead of the curve.
"Some guys really struggle," Miller told The Indianapolis Star, referring to no one in particular. "And some guys have to transition to another position once they get drafted by a team. I've already been doing it for a whole year, probably a year and a half. So I feel real comfortable. Whatever the receiver coach wants me to do, I'm going to do it."
He told himself he sees his immediate future lining up at the slot, matching up with linebackers and safeties. He is also going through drills as a returner.
There is no doubting Miller's natural talent and athleticism, but NFL.com's Ian Rappaport noted the praise he is getting from scouts at the Senior Bowl this week in Mobile, Ala. could have more substance.
Three guys that scouts are raving about at Senior Bowl already: Temple DT Matt Ioannidis, Boise S Darian Thompson, OSU WR Braxton Miller
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 27, 2016
The Dallas Cowboys are providing one of the Senior Bowl's coaching staffs and one of the team's scouts, Dane Brugler, was among those marveling at Miller's ability. According to 247 Sports, Brugler said Miller is a "step above" some of Ohio State's best NFL Draft entrants.
Here are two short highlight clips of him shaking off defenders trying to cover him one-on-one with downright brutal double moves.