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Could Carolina Panthers Draft Braxton Miller in First Round?

The Carolina Panthers have shown some interest in Braxton Miller but there is a chance he may not even be on the board when the Panthers are on the clock.

The Carolina Panthers are in a position where they will be able to select the best player available when they are on the clock and that may very well be a player like Braxton Miller. According to Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, the Panthers have shown interest in the former Ohio State Buckeye but would most likely mean they would have to use their first round pick to select him.

The quarterback turned wide receiver may not even be on the board when the Panthers are on the clock though as Miller reports that the Houston Texans are high on the Miller and consider him a first round wide receiver. The Texans have the 22nd pick however if the Panthers hope that Miller falls to them they will also have to worry about the Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings, who also have shown interest.

Miller has shot up teams draft boards over the past two months after a strong showing at the Senior Bowl and at the NFL Combine. He had a 4.50 40-yard dash in Indianapolis and was a Top Performer in the 3-Cone Drill, 20-yard shuttle and 60-yard shuttle.

The biggest concern with Miller has been the fact that he only has one year of experience at wide receiver after playing quarterback before suffering a shoulder injury in 2014. He didn't have a big stat line last year (26 receptions, 341 receiving yards and three touchdowns) but made the most of his chances. Over the course of the year though he showed his athletic ability and explosiveness with five receptions that went more than 30 yards.

This would be an interesting selection for the Panthers because they could allow Miller time to develop as a wide receiver because they have a talented group already at the position with Kelvin BenjaminTed Ginn Jr. and Devin Funchess.

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