Merry Draft Eve, everyone. We're getting today started with a rumor that's been picking up steam as of late. Tony Pauline -- a guy that is all over prospect/team connections on the pro day circuit -- is connecting the Titans and Braxton Miller in the second round.
Miller is a former star quarterback turned offensive weapon. He made the transition to wide receiver this season after a shoulder injury limited his ability to throw the football. Miller really opened some eyes down in Mobile at the Senior Bowl as he proved to be one of the best receivers in attendance.
Braxton has decent size (6-1, 201) for the position and is actually a pretty good athlete. He tested better than I thought he would, showing decent long speed and excellent agility numbers.
I was impressed with how natural Miller looked at the receiver position. He generally caught the ball away from his frame without fighting it. Miller made a handful of really tough catches that required big time adjustments. He looked good handling the ball, logging 42 carries last season from a hybrid running back role.
Miller's production wasn't great in his one season at receiver, catching just 26 balls for 341 yards. There was a lot of talent on that offense, but the analytics crowd hates that production. Health concerns are something to factor in here too. Miller missed two games in 2013 before tearing his shoulder up at the end of that season. He missed all of 2014 before changing positions.
Miller should be considered a project. He's going to come in as an inexperienced route-runner and blocker which will probably delay his immediate impact. Patience will be needed with him, but he at least has the athletic ability to develop.