Braxton Miller entered the 2013 season with high expectations and was considered by many to be a front-runner for the Heisman trophy. His junior season hasn’t panned out exactly as many envisioned though. An MCL sprain sidelined Miller for 3 games, and a shaky performance against Northwestern brought his doubters to the forefront. This past weekend against Penn State, Braxton silenced those doubters after an impressive performance. He showed why many had him pegged as a preseason Heisman favorite and a potential NFL quarterback.
As a junior, Miller will be eligible to declare for the NFL draft at the end of the season. Whether or not he decides to leave school early is his choice to make, but sticking around for his senior season makes a lot of sense. Another year in college would allow him to hone his physical skills along with the mental aspect of the quarterback position. The big question when it comes to his draft stock is consistency, particularly in the passing game. Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated writes:
Even when he completes 75 percent of his passes, as he did Saturday, Miller will uncork a couple throws that can leave you scratching your head — balls whipped past receivers at close range or fired into guys’ feet on the run. He’s getting better in all regards, though, which will be critical for NFL evaluators if Miller heads into the 2014 draft.
The improvement that Braxton has shown so far in his career at Ohio State has been exciting to watch. He has developed into a true dual threat quarterback and has shown flashes of greatness in the process. The scary part is that he is only beginning to scratch the surface of his potential. If he can begin to maximize that potential, he could very feasibly end up as a first round draft pick. He could also end up as a middle to late round pick. It will all depend on how much improvement he shows over the next year or two. With all of the uncertainty surrounding the draft stock of Braxton Miller, it is clear that he has the potential to be great. His progress moving forward is definitely something to keep an eye on. For more on Miller’s draft stock, be sure to check out Chris Burke’s article at Sports Illustrated.