1. His quarterback days are in the rearview mirror.
This won’t come as news to Ohio State fans, but Miller again was asked if he still views himself as a quarterback and again replied in the negative. “I’ve been a receiver since the day I switched, which was before camp – July,” he said. “I’m just thankful to play football again. I’m out here doing what I love to do and putting everything in god’s hands. That’s what I’ve been doing, just perfecting my craft. I want to be one of the best. That’s what I’ve been doing since I switched positions.”
2. He views himself as a first-rounder.
Again, this shouldn’t necessarily come as a surprise to Ohio State fans (or anyone who knows him), but Miller looked confident and relaxed behind the podium at the NFL Combine.
As his press conference was coming to a close, he was asked if he viewed himself as a first-round prospect. Without missing a beat, Miller issued a vote of self confidence. “Do I think? Oh, I know for sure. The way I work…” he said, closing with a laugh.
3. He’s willing to work for that first-round status.
Just like he did at the Senior Bowl when his stock soared, Miller will be a full participant at the NFL Combine. He’ll go through all the measurements, workouts and drills available to him at Lucas Oil Stadium.
“I’m doing everything,” he said. “I’m going to do it all. This is what I’ve prepared myself for. I don’t want to back down from nothing. I want to do it all. I might do extra, I don’t know. Whatever they ask, I’m going to do.”
4. He’s Ohio State’s best bet for a blazing 40 time.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott tabbed Miller as the favorite to finish with the fastest 40 time among the 14 Buckeyes at the combine, and the wide receiver appears to agree with that assessment.
Citing strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti, Miller mentioned that he ran a 4.36 back when he was playing quarterback for the Buckeyes. He hedged when asked if he could challenge the combine record of 4.24 seconds set by Chris Johnson in 2008 and said he just wants to run as fast as possible.
5. He’s a better receiver because of his time at quarterback.
“Reading defenses, how you can point out things even before the play even starts,” Miller said. “That’s what the team was surprised about, like I know it all from playing quarterback. It ties into receiver a lot, too.”
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