The Indianapolis Colts reportedly arranged for a chat with Ohio State wide receiver Braxton Miller at this week's Reese's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., according to NFL.com.
That might prompt Colts fans, convinced the team needs should focus on the offensive line and pass rush, to question why their team might use an early NFL draft pick on another pass catcher. Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett was selected in the first round last year.
First of all, Miller isn't projected to go in the first couple of rounds; many mocks have him in the third or fourth round. And an interview at the Senior Bowl doesn't mean the team will select the player, it's just part of the offseason get-to-know-a-player process that also involves the NFL Scouting Combine Feb. 23-29 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
But should Miller be available in the mid-rounds, he has value because of his size and speed: he's 6-2 and 220 but can run a 4.4 40-yard dash. Although much of his college career was spent as a standout quarterback -- he was a two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year selection -- he converted to wide receiver as a senior. He caught 26 passes for 341 yards and three scores while also running the ball 42 times for 260 yards and one touchdown.
While the Colts are set with starting wide receivers T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief with Dorsett pushing for more playing time, it's logical to expect the team to part ways with Andre Johnson, who disappointed as a free-agent addition in 2015. So the Colts could have interest in adding another pass catcher to replace Johnson, especially if Miller can transition well to playing the slot position.
Miller is confident in his abilitites as a playmaker, as he reminded in Senior Bowl interviews with reporters.
Whether he's available with a mid-round pick is obviously an unknown, as much as the level of Colts interest. But the Colts wanted to talk to him because of his unique skill set, so it's worth keeping in mind come draft day.
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