A two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year at quarterback, Miller transitioned to wide receiver in 2015 because the Buckeyes also had Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett playing under center.
Miller's athleticism made for a fairly smooth transition, as he finished last season with 329 yards and three touchdowns on 24 receptions. It was a good starting point, though NFL teams will have to be patient with him due to the limited experience.
The good news is Miller did show better speed at Ohio State's pro day than he did at the scouting combine, per B/R's Matt Miller:
Matt Miller @nfldraftscout
Got word from the Ohio State pro day. @BraxtonMiller5 timed at 4.33 and 4.362016-3-11 15:13:17
The NFL Network tweeted out video of what Miller's run looked like, both in slow motion and sped up to real time:
NFL Network @nflnetwork
When you watch @BraxtonMiller5 go from slow-mo to normal speed... 💨💨💨 #OhioStateProDay https://t.co/dN9VEjfckd2016-3-11 15:32:54
Two weeks ago in Indianapolis, Miller officially ran the 40 in 4.5 seconds. Bringing that number down by more than one-tenth of a second, combined with a 6'1" frame, bodes well for his draft chances.
Connor Rogers of USA Today, after getting word of Miller's improved 40 time, speculated his versatility could make him an early second day draft pick:
After impressing throughout Senior Bowl week strictly playing wide receiver, Miller’s speed could also be a weapon in the return game and with touches coming out of the backfield.
Even before running the blazing forty, the Dallas Cowboys were seen working Miller out at as a returner after a Senior Bowl practice as well. They are most likely not the only team with this thought process as Miller will most likely be an early day two selection in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Speed wasn't the only thing Miller decided to show off on Friday. An important part of playing wide receiver is being able to get the ball, even when throws aren't placed directly in the numbers.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer tweeted out a video of Miller going over the middle to make a terrific leaping grab:
Urban Meyer @OSUCoachMeyer
Great Grab @BraxtonMiller5 https://t.co/v9rEVBtz7a2016-3-11 17:13:35
Seeing Miller make spectacular plays like that, even in a confined setting designed to make him look good, makes NFL teams optimistic he can figure things out quicker than expected.
Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated even went so far as to compare Miller to one of the NFL's most versatile wide receivers:
Doug Farrar @BR_DougFarrar
I think that, with patience and the right system, Braxton Miller could be a Randall Cobb-style impact receiver. *ducks*2016-3-11 15:17:49
Farrar does preach patience in his tweet, which is going to be key. Being a great athlete certainly bodes well for Miller's chances at the next level, but there is still a learning curve that goes with playing the position for just one year.
Ohio State did make sure to showcase Miller in various ways during the season, letting him carry the ball 43 times.
Bucky Brooks said on the NFL Network telecast that Miller just needs to have the ball in his hands:
NFL Network @nflnetwork
"The one thing we do know, @BraxtonMiller5 is going to be special w/ the 🏈 in his hands." - @BuckyBrooks https://t.co/02zIE2wNnK2016-3-11 17:15:05
Even if Miller isn't lining up at wide receiver for every snap as a rookie, there's a dynamic that he brings few players in this draft can match. He showed his ability to create plays with his arm and legs for four years at Ohio State.
Using Miller as a running back, wildcat quarterback and on special teams will take full advantage of the skills he possesses. His ceiling just as a wide receiver may not be elite, but combine that with those other attributes, he has star potential and will be a worthy risk on the second day of this year's draft.