WR Braxton Miller doesn’t think he’ll last until Patriots pick at end of second round

February 25, 2016 - 9:25 am
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[caption id="attachment_106392" align="alignright" width="350"]Braxton Miller believes he's a first-round pick. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports) Braxton Miller believes he's a first-round pick, which would likely means he's out of reach for the Patriots. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)[/caption] INDIANAPOLIS -- While some have targeted Ohio State quarterback-turned-wide receiver Braxton Miller as a possibility for the Patriots at the end of the second round, Miller said Thursday he doesn't believe he'll last that long. Asked at the scouting combine Thursday if he thinks he's a first-round pick, the uber-confident Miller left no doubt. "Do I think? I know for sure," he said. "For sure." That would mean that Miller would be gone long before the Patriots made their first pick at No. 60 overall, and that would take an intriguing prospect off the table for New England. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder made the move from quarterback to wide receiver last season with the Buckeyes, and had 26 catches for 341 yards and three touchdowns for Ohio State in 2015. And while Miller's projections of a first-round selection may not necessarily jibe with some draft experts, there's no denying the fact that he brings a really interesting skill set to the NFL, one that was broadened by his year at wide receiver. (Before he was replaced by Cardale Jones at quarterback, he completed 59 percent of his passes for 5,295 yards with 52 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.) Miller made it clear Thursday that he's happy with the move, saying it wasn't "forced," and he's been all-in on the receiver position since the start of camp last July. "I've been a receiver since the day I switched," he said. "I love it. I'm just thankful to play football again. Just out here playing, doing what I love to do and putting everything in God's hands. Just working on perfecting my craft and being one of the best, period. That's what I've been doing since I switched." He said his time under center helped him greatly as a pass catcher, especially when it comes to reading defenses. "How you can point out things before the play even starts," Miller said. "That's what the teams are always surprised about -- I know it all, from a quarterbacks standpoint. It ties into receiver a lot too. "There's a lot of things you can prepare yourself for going to the next level. So it's not about who is the fastest or who is the strongest, but perfecting that receiver position," he said. "There's a lot of things that tie in with it. I've been doing my homework. It's not about athleticism. It's not about speed. It's not about strength." Give him credit: while there's no shortage of confidence in his game, he also sounds like a man interested in changing the minds of doubters who believe he won't be able to make the transition to receiver at the next level. When he was asked what drills he'll be doing this week, he responded quickly. "I'm doing everything. I'm going to do it all," he said. "That's what I prepare myself for: I don't want to back out on (anything). I'll do it all. I might do extra, you know? Whatever they ask, I'll do."