Although he put up the best statistics of his college career in 2013, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller decided to forgo the NFL Draft and instead return to school for his senior season. This was a very smart move for the talented quarterback, and it could really help his draft stock. Miller will prove in 2014 that he is a special prospect at the quarterback position.
Miller’s physical gifts are very evident when you watch him play. With a big arm, improving accuracy and great scrambling ability, Miller can hurt a defense. Miller improved in every major passing statistic in his junior season, and it is very encouraging sign that he isn’t yet done growing as a player. Not to mention, Miller has pretty decent size at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, and that is going to allow him to hold up at the next level.
Perhaps the most underrated improvement Miller has made is becoming a true leader in Ohio State’s locker room, really showing more maturity last season. Miller is well-respected by his teammates and coaches, and leadership is an essential part of being a successful NFL quarterback.
That said, there are a few areas in which I would like to see Miller improve. He’s still very raw as a passer, and despite his improvements, his fundamentals still break down way too often. Also, Urban Meyer doesn’t have a very good reputation as far as developing professional quarterbacks is concerned. Miller will need to prove that he isn’t a product of Meyer’s college-friendly system and show he is capable of running a pro-style offense.
Despite those few weaknesses, I still believe Miller is a special prospect with franchise quarterback upside. It’s not often that a player with Miller’s athletic ability comes around at the quarterback position, and with better coaching and time to develop at the next level, we are looking at a great player in the Ohio State QB.