How Ohio State’s Braxton Miller Can Play His Way into a Top-10 NFL Draft Pick

It’s rare for a college prospect, especially one who plays quarterback, to be selected in the top 10 of the NFL draft without a balance of four major “P’s”: physical tools, production, personality and polish.

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller doesn’t yet have all of those things, which is why he was wise to return for his senior season in Columbus. He wouldn’t have gone in the top 10 of the 2014 NFL draft and likely would have dropped out of the first round altogether. He still has work left to do.

Fortunately, Miller has the one P that’s impossible to teach. He has good enough size (6’3”) to compete in the modern NFL, which, combined with his rare speed and ability to make plays on the ground—both inside and outside the pocket—earns Miller a big green check next to physical tools.

Miller also passes the production test, having won 22 of his last 24 starts at Ohio State. He averaged 7.42 yards per play and was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year (for the second consecutive season) in 2013, despite battling injuries during the stat-padding part of the schedule.


Miller’s personality is less of a slam dunk, but it’s still a positive on his scouting report. He has the temperament of a leader by example, and he’s proven capable of making the big play when his team most desperately needs it:

…On more than one occasion:

Miller further exuded maturity in his decision to return for his senior season, citing a desire to improve as a…

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