After picking a wide receiver in the first round, the Houston Texans added another receiver as they picked up Braxton Miller from Ohio State in the third round.
There are always surprises in the draft. With needs still there at defensive line and at safety, the Rick Smith decided to add another weapon to the offense and take Miller. It is a bold move for sure, picking the former Ohio State quarterback who converted to wide receiver for the 2015 season.
Miller had an incredible career as a quarterback at Ohio State. He was Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year twice in 2012 and 2013, throwing for a combined 39 touchdowns while accounting for 64 touchdowns on the ground and through the air.
In 2014 he took a medical redshirt to deal with a condition in his throwing shoulder. But in 2015 with both J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones at quarterback for the Buckeyes he moved to receiver and did not miss a beat. He dropped just one pass as he reeled in 26 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 260 yards.
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He is incredibly quick in the slot and will be used there with DeAndre Hopkins and Fuller on the outside. If Jaelen Strong can come around it makes for a nice group of receivers for Brock Osweiler to have at his disposal. At 6-2 and 215 pounds Miller is not as small as some of the other slot receivers around the league, and due to his quickness he will be able to open up the routes underneath.
He has great moves in the open field and very good hands, but his route running could use work. Granted, for a guy who switched positions just a year ago you can’t expect him to have route running down immediately. I think he can be a playmaker instantly in this offense and the other aspects of the game that are not as refined right now will come in time.