The Buccaneers set offensive franchise records in 2015, and they did that with mostly rookie and second-year options at the wide receiver position. The team’s most promising speed option heading into the season was Kenny Bell, but his season was lost due to an injury. Outside of Bell, the Tampa Bay offense lacks juice in the receiving group and could look to add a dynamic weapon to Dirk Koetter’s arsenal of weapons, and that player could be Ohio State wide receiver Braxton Miller.
Miller was a top recruit coming out of high school, earning offers from most of the major football programs including Florida, Alabama, Georgia, USC, and Notre Dame among others. The 6-foot-2, 210 quarterback won back-to-back Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year awards in 2012 and 2013, and looked destined for an NFL chance at the quarterback position.
Following a shoulder injury that cost him his 2014 season, Miller became a part of a logjam of quarterbacks on the Ohio State Buckeyes’ roster, which included Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett. After a shoulder surgery, Miller decided to stay with the Buckeyes and switch his position to receiver in order to keep his NFL dreams alive. He finished fourth on the squad with 26 catches for 341 yards and three touchdowns and added 260 yards and a touchdown on 42 carries.
As a receiver, Miller is raw in his technique and route-running, but he’s a phenomenal athlete with game-changing ability with the ball in his hands. The Ohio State product has been the best athlete on the field for the North squad during Senior Bowl week, and he doesn’t look out of place at all as a part of the receivers group. Miller catches the ball cleanly and shows promise with his route-running. He’s also been working with the Dallas coaching staff as a kick and punt returner, which increases his overall value.
Miller’s former coach Urban Meyer showered praise upon the superstar athlete regarding his transition to the wide receiver position.
“His ball skills are tremendous,” said Meyer in an interview with NFL Media’s Chase Goodbread. “I think it’s the perfect position, and the scouts see it too, for Braxton to play in the NFL. “I think he’ll kill it at the combine. He will run a sub-4.4 at the combine, and show he’s a really competitive guy. He’ll knock it out.”
Back in September of 2015, former Cleveland Browns general manager and Reese’s Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage also had great things to say about Miller’s transition to the NFL as a receiver.
“After (Monday) night you can say he’s at least a potential starter,” Savage told CBS Sports. “I’m always hesitant talking about rounds. But I’d say probably a second- or third-round pick.”
The Buccaneers could use some juice and speed on offense and on special teams. Wide receiver Kenny Bell will return for the Buccaneers in 2016 and should help on that front, but adding a dynamic play-maker like Miller would give Dirk Koetter a special weapon to utilize.
I want this Kid to be a Buccaneer…..so many wrinkles for Coach DK
He’s raw in his route running, but being a former QB will help him develop faster than most.
Always liked this kid. Production at WR doesn’t warrant a high Draft status but he would be an intriguing late round prospect.
With Monken on board this kid could become great. Also imagine some wild cat, some reverses, kick returns. He’s more then a one trick pony, also perfect blend of size, speed for a receiver. Would add some juice.
Hines Ward type of player… Maybe not as tough, but smart and versatile.
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