Braxton Miller, quarterback-turned-receiver from Ohio State, has set his sights on Antonio Brown as a model for what he wants to accomplish in the NFL.
Braxton Miller says he wants to emulate his game after Antonio Brown.
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) January 26, 2016
Miller is practicing this week in Mobile, Ala. for the Senior Bowl this upcoming Saturday. The buzz is all positive at this point. He had his way with would-be defenders at least a couple of times in practice, and we all saw his athleticism on display the past few seasons with the Buckeyes.
In his only season as a non-quarterback at Ohio State, Miller caught 25 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns. He was also utilized in the running game, carrying the ball 68 times for 601 yards and four touchdowns.
As promising as Miller is, he has a long ways to go before he can reach the level he’s aiming for.
Brown is one of the game’s elite route-runners, utilizing unreal change-of-direction abilities and elite quickness to gain separation from defenders, and he has exceptional hands, to boot. Because of these traits, Brown has caught at least 110 passes for at least 1,499 yards in each of his last three years, hauling in 31 touchdowns along the way.
It remains to be seen if Miller will ever get close to matching what Brown has been able to accomplish in the NFL. However, he certainly has picked the right guy to emulate. In addition to his on-field accomplishments, the Steelers receiver has maintained good standing off it, as well.