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What An NFL Scout Says About Braxton Miller - Strengths and Weaknesses

Braxton Miller's NFL draft profile.

Braxton Miller

Draft profiles for NFL hopefuls are starting to get published on NFL.com.

Every prospect is graded on a scale of 5-10 (from "back-end of the roster" to "once in a lifetime player") and an NFL scout details the player's strengths and weaknesses, gives an NFL comparison and writes a "bottom line." 

Here's what the NFL is saying about one of the most-intriguing players in the class, Ohio State's Braxton Miller, who received a 5.4 grade - "backup or eventual starter." 

STRENGTHS

 Considered one of the leaders for the winningest senior class in college football history. Immediately checks boxes for height, weight and speed. Features legitimate vertical acceleration to climb over the top on deep routes. Hands are good enough, but concentration is even better. Uses well-­timed leaps and dives to make the demanding catches. Capability as a zone­-read quarterback create added value. Has loose hips for jitterbug elusiveness in space and it isn’t easy to get a solid hit on him.

WEAKNESSES

 Just one year of work at receiver and has limited production as a pass-catcher. Reliant upon speed and athletic ability over skill at the position. Needs major route work. Upright into his routes with very little sell from his upper body to create hesitation from defenders. Not yet ready to work the intermediate routes. Used deep and short. Needs to improve his ball security and get ball tucked away in proper arm.

NFL COMPARISON

 Andre Roberts

BOTTOM LINE

 Miller had a storied two-year run at quarterback where he was able to produce explosive, winning plays for the Buckeyes. His transition to a new position will be a work in progress that may last longer than some expect, but his size, speed and athletic traits are appealing. Miller’s ability with the ball in his hands could help his cause, but the difference between being a gadget player and productive receiver will rest with his ability to digest coaching and convert it on the field.

Miller starred at the Senior Bowl, making plays like these. 

He's likely viewed by most teams as somewhat of a project, as he's only been playing the position he'll play in the NFL for a year. The talent is certainly there, though, and if he can stay healthy, the former Buckeye could end up being one of the steals of the draft. 

You can read Miller's full profile, along with the profiles of the other draft prospects, here.

The NFL Draft starts on April 28.