Carolina Panthers Prospect Profile: Braxton Miller

The Carolina Panthers have one of the more complete teams entering the NFL Draft which allows them to possibly take more risks, which might mean selecting a player like Braxton Miller. Brandon Croce takes a closer look at the former Ohio State Buckeye quarterback turned wide receiver.

College Stats/Awards

Quarterback

Season Games Passing Yards Passing Touchdowns Interceptions Rushing Yards Rushing Touchdowns
2011 12 1159 13 4 715 7
2012 12 2039 15 6 1271 13
2013 12 2094 24 7 1068 12
2014 1 0 0 0 0 0

Wide Receiver

Season Games Rushing Yards Rushing Touchdowns Receptions Receiving Yards Receiving Touchdowns
2015 13 261 1 25 340 3

*Stats courtesy of Sports-Reference

Combine/Pro Day Results

Event NFL Combine Pro Day
40-yard Dash 4.50 seconds 4.41 seconds
Bench Press 17 reps N/A
Vertical Jump 35 inches N/A
Broad Jump 123 inches N/A
3-Cone Drill 6.65 seconds N/A
20-yard Shuttle 4.07 seconds N/A
60-yard Shuttle 10.84 seconds N/A

*Results courtesy of NFL.com

Strengths

  • Jack of All Trades

Braxton Miller was incredibly successful as a dual-threat quarterback his first two seasons with the Buckeyes. However, he lost the starting job after suffering a season-ending injury in 2014 and when he was healthy in 2015 was not able to regain the starting job.

He made a position change and transitioned to wide receiver, along with lining up in the backfield. The fact that he was able to do it so smoothly shows just how athletic he is. It also shows the type of personality he has by willing to make the switch to help this team. It is hard to find many quarterbacks who had 36 touchdowns his previous year willing to make that switch.

This ability to line Miller up at a number of positions allows offensive coordinators to get creative and create mismatches for opposing defenses.

  • Explosive Athlete

The simplest way to describe Miller is that he is just an athlete but that might not give him the credit he deserves. As I mentioned before, there isn't many players who would make the switch from quarterback, some due to ego and others because they just physically can't.

Miller has all the physical tools to make the change and excel at it. He was one of the most explosive players on the field at the collegiate level and nearly unstoppable in the open field. He has incredibly speed that allows him to get over the top of defenses as well superior quickness to make defenders miss.

Weaknesses

  • Raw at Wide Receiver

Miller has all the physical tools to be successful but must go to a team that is willing to allow him time to develop as a wide receiver. He has a lot to learn in terms of technique and how to play wide receiver.

While at Ohio State, he relied on his athletic ability to beat defenses but it won't be as easy in the NFL. If he can refine his route running, he has the potential to be an excellent wide receiver in the NFL.

How he fits with the Panthers?

A player like Braxton Miller would be an excellent weapon for the Carolina Panthers offense and Cam Newton. The Panthers tried last season to use wide receivers like Philly Brown and Ted Ginn Jr. on jet sweeps and end-arounds and found some success averaging 9.8 yards per attempt.

This is a role Miller could step in almost immediately and have an impact as a rookie. He has exceptional speed and even though defenses are faster in the NFL, he should still be able to beat players around the corner.

The Panthers also have depth at wide receiver that will allow him time to develop and learn the position. He could eventually be the long-term answer to replace Ginn and his role in this offense.

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