Film Study: Braxton Miller, NFL Quarterback?

By Kyle Jones on May 15, 2014 at 3:00p
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While the excitement of last week's NFL Draft has yet to wear off, many scouts, bloggers, and fans alike have already begun looking ahead to the 2015 edition. Nearly every major online sporting publisher has already unveiled a 'Way Too Early 2015 Mock Draft' featuring a number of Buckeyes, such as Michael Bennett, Noah Spence, and even Doran Grant. Notably absent however, is the name of two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year award winner, Braxton Miller.

Miller enters his 4th year as the starting quarterback for one of the biggest programs in the country, leading the Scarlet and Gray to a 24-2 record over the past two seasons. He has tallied 52 passing touchdowns compared to only 17 interceptions, and (often in spectacular fashion) added another 32 trips to end zone on the ground. 

The numbers certainly make him as high profile player as any heading into his senior season, yet there is no guarantee that he will hear his name called early next spring when the NFL convenes to select the best players from the collegiate ranks. Being selected in the first round does not correlate to a higher success rate than being taken in a later round, often times the early round pick is given more chances to prove that he can play at the professional level.

Let's look at some of the areas where NFL scouts will be focusing on when they put in the tape of #5.

Arm

Anyone who watched much coverage of last weeks draft likely heard the phrase "able to make all the throws" whenever a quarterback was discussed, and for good reason. Arm strength is an absolute pre-requisite to play in this era of the NFL.

Arm strength doesn't just mean throwing a deep bomb downfield, or a 90 mph fastball though. Defenders are that much more athletic on sundays, meaning they cover even more ground. NFL quarterbacks have extremely small windows in which they must place the ball, meaning the ability to drive the ball across the field on deep routes towards the sidelines is extremely important. With condensed hash marks at the next level, many successful college QBs with average arm strength are exposed almost immediately, as they struggle to effectively use the entire width of the field to challenge a defense. 

Luckily for Miller, this is not an area where he'll have to worry. While we've seen him complete countless deep balls and strikes, this incomplete pass against Wisconsin last year might be the best throw he's made during his time in Columbus:

Setting up in the middle of the field and the pocket closing in on him, Miller hits Philly Brown right in the hands on a 25 yard out. Yes, the play is broken up by the hit from the defender, but that's the kind of window NFL QBs are regularly given. With the recent success of condor-like defensive backs such as Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman, the ability to complete passes downfield and to either sideline is extremely valuable to NFL coaches.

Additionally, after watching every throw Miller attempted last season, I honestly can only remember a handful of passes that floated or didn't have a tight spiral. While just getting the ball to your receiver is important, the ability to consistently throw a catchable ball shouldn't be underestimated. Wobbly passes might be slower, but are often more difficult to hang on to than a rocket with a tight spiral. 

Mechanics

As mentioned above, arm strength is important, but it's certainly not everything when it comes to projecting success at the next level. Quarterbacks must consistently be accurate with their throws, which more than anything means they're consistent in their ability to deliver the ball.

The best way to develop consistency is to develop great mechanics and muscle memory. Specifically, that means keeping their lower body in tune with what their upper body is doing, both before and during a throw.

Braxton footwork

On 3rd and 17, Miller does a great job of transferring his weight and stepping into the throw, even though that means stepping right into a blitzing defender. Without that last step, Miller can't drive the ball into the small window, and #37 for Indiana would've likely had the time to recover and break up the pass. 

However, as the 2013 season went on, Miller's mechanics began to suffer. Whether it was an issue of confidence, injury, or both, he often relied too heavily on his arm strength to complete passes.

On his first downfield throw of the game, Miller hesitates to step up, leaving his weight on his back foot. Without a normal transferring of weight, the throw becomes entirely dependent on his upper body to complete a pass, which leads to an even more awkward side arm attempt. 

The best way to think about a quarterback's footwork and balance is to tie an imaginary string between his eyes and his feet. At all times, that string should be perfectly straight up and down, meaning his feet are moving with him every time he adjusts where he's looking. It's very easy for a QB like Miller to trust too much in just his strong arm. Just because he can get the ball there, doesn't mean it will be in the right spot for his receiver. 

It's also true that Miller doesn't always have a high, beautiful release point on his throws, like many others that have been tutored by special QB coaches. The ball never comes up much higher than his earhole, even on deep throws, and some analysts will likely ding him for that. But in reality, NFL coaches won't do anything to fix it. It's clear that when he sets his feet and properly follows through, he can complete any throw asked of him. Those making decisions about his future will be much more worried about the movement of his entire body from head to toe, than that of just his right arm.

Decision Making

With only 17 interceptions in 666 career pass attempts, Braxton Miller has done a very good job of taking care of the football, an absolute necessity for pro quarterbacks. However, Miller at times gets too careful and leaves plays on the field. 

Braxton waiting

On the surface, Miller does a great job mechanically of moving his feet with his eyes, staying balanced, and delivering a great throw. However, he looks at Chris Fields twice before delivering the ball. What can't be seen from this view is the distance between Fields and his defender (#21) the entire time Miller is scanning the field. Miller appears to 'look off' the defender, then coming back to an open receiver, but the receiver was open the entire time.

In the NFL, Miller won't get that second chance with an open receiver. He'll have to trust his abilities and get the ball out immediately. This hesitation started to show up more and more often as the season wore on, but in this instance, one can easily surmise that Miller didn't have the confidence needed to make some of these throws.

It certainly didn't help that he was playing against better competition at the end of the year, but Michigan State and Clemson are better proxies for NFL defenses than Buffalo (other than Khalil Mack), Purdue, or Indiana. Ohio State's early season clash with Virginia Tech will be a great barometer for the Miller's progress in this area, as Bud Foster's Hokie defense is one of the most advanced units you'll find in the nation in terms of both scheme and talent.

Scheme

With the exception of a handfuls of kneel downs, Braxton Miller has operated exclusively out of the shotgun or pistol since the arrival of Urban Meyer and Tom Herman in Columbus after his freshman year. While the NFL has certainly adopted many of the spread offense concepts popular at the college level, NFL quarterbacks must be able to operate from under center. Scouts and analysts will want to know if Miller is capable of executing proper three, five, and seven step drops after taking the snap, but combines and pro days should be able to address this question pretty easily.

Robert Griffin III was in a similar spot two years ago while coming out of Baylor's spread offense, but questions about his footwork disappeared pretty quickly after working out for NFL scouts up close. There is no reason to believe that a personal QB coach, like George Whitfield, won't have Miller ready for such a situation.

Many young player that operate a spread offense can be labeled as "system" quarterbacks though, as Ross noted about Johnny Manziel earlier this week. Many shotgun spread QBs are tasked with making one quick read and delivering the ball based on what one defender is doing, or only running a handful of route combinations.

The Buckeyes have incorporated a number of these reads into the game plan, such as pairing a wide receiver screen with an inside handoff, giving Miller one read of the defensive end to determine where the ball goes. But while this concept is creeping into the NFL, it's often executed only on early downs, and not on 3rd and long, where pro quarterbacks earn their money.

It's not as if Meyer does not also include an advanced passing game though. OSU's focus on the running game creates a passing game built primarily on play-action threat of a running back like Carlos Hyde. The throws Ohio State quarterbacks are asked to make are certainly of NFL-caliber, though.

Braxtn back-shoulder

As noted by respected draft analyst Greg Cosell, making throws such as this one on the back shoulder of the wide receiver are changing the game at the pro level:

Separation is not the defining characteristic needed for them to be dangerous receiving threats. What throw has become such a critical part of the NFL game?: the back shoulder fade. The back shoulder throw is almost impossible to defend against big, physical wideouts like Evans and Benjamin; corners cannot defend two routes, and they must play the deep ball first, so a well-executed back shoulder throw to a big-bodied wide receiver is a tactical nightmare for even the best of corners.

In many cases, Miller simply hasn't had that many opportunities to show NFL scouts that he is capable of taking a snap, dropping back to read a defense, and finding the open man as other quarterbacks. But, the Buckeye offense has executed many of the same concepts found in every NFL playbook, such as Snag, Follow, and Four Verticals, so it's imperative that Miller make the most of those chances when asked to execute in the fall.

Conclusion

Given that we're not in OSU's QB meetings or in the huddle, it's tough to comment much on the intangible that Braxton Miller truly brings to the table. Interviews with he and his coaches will tell the story in that regard, but we know that they've already begun to work on this area. As Meyer told CBSSports.com earlier this spring,

“We're having him watch DVDs. I think Jon Gruden does a heckuva job with quarterbacks. I tried last year (to get him to come). So we're just doing it ourselves. I would try him again. He's a busy guy. (Co-OC Tom) Herman will be Gruden. I'll be doing it big time in June. We'll have him present to us.

Ultimately though, those are tactics are mainly in place to help his draft position. To truly succeed at the next level, he'll need to develop consistency. Miller has shown flashes of brilliance, and an ability to do everything that would be asked of him at the next level (and more).

Against Wisconsin, Miller's confidence in his physical abilities and comfort with the game plan shined through, resulting in a literal highlight tape. NFL scouts and coaches will want to see that kind of game from him every week, not just because he threw four touchdown passes, but because he didn't have any lapses in mechanics or judgment. 

Yet the following week against Northwestern, Miller appeared to be a completely different player, with a lack in confidence that translated directly to his mechanics. It wasn't until Kenny Guiton began warming up for Miller to truly find his stride and help lead the Buckeyes to a come-from-behind victory on the road.

Simply put, Braxton Miller has all the tools you look for in a professional quarterback. It's up to him to show NFL scouts those tools on every snap. Here's hoping he'll be able to finally give OSU fans an answer to smug rivals alum to root for on Sundays.

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blocko330's picture

Wow I forgot how many poor throws he had vs Illinois

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

- TruthTeller

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buckeyedexter's picture

Not to sound like I'm making excuses for him, but it was really windy that day.

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James Mee's picture

This is really just a constant state in Urban-Champaign, and specifically that stadium, but yeah, that game should have been over a lot earlier. 

BuckeyeBBD's picture

Exactly. I was at that game and on top of high winds, it kept changing directions as it whipped through and around the stadium. Braxton went 13 of 29 for 150 yards. He really shouldn't have had that many opportunities to throw.  With the weather I'm surprised it wasn't more like 18 or 20 attempts with more play to Hyde (24 carries, 246 yards, 4TDs) or Wilson (1 carry, 7 yards, 0 TDs).  He did have a lot of bad throws that game but the wind certainly didn't help.

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." - Wayne Woodrow Hayes

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chemicalwaste's picture

Yeah. Both qbs had issues throwing the ball because the wind just took the ball wherever it wanted. It was pretty crazy.

Jpfbuck's picture

Scheelhaase completed 66% of his passes for 288 yards all while being harassed all day to the tune of 6 sacks and 4 QBH's

Braxton while only being sacked once and 5 QBH's completed only 45% of his passes for 150 yards

don't forget the Illinois averaged allowing a 65% completion pct and 243 yards per game on the season

Miller has always had bad mechanics with his feet. that is what leads often to his inaccuracy, try it once for your self to throw a ball threw the back yard tire while throwing off your back foot or while stepping to side etc ike he does from time to time.

no doubt he has the physical tools and at times he makes great throws, but in the NFL you have to throw in tight windows and cant assume badly thrown balls wont get picked or batted down.

without improvement in mechanics he will continue to struggle with accuracy and it will hurt his draft stock,

I could see him still going fairly high to some team who falls in love with his physical skills and has time to work with him, but he could easily have a Vince Young type pro career, ie drafted higher than he should be because someone falls in love with his "potential" and then struggles

I hope I am wrong though

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chemicalwaste's picture

I'm not the biggest fan of statistics because looking only at numbers rarely gives the true story. I never watch the show"numbers never lie" because actually watching sports and understanding that politics comes from politicians, I find that numbers tend to lie a lot when they are reported in the media. I remember in 2006 ohio state was ranked 121st in kickoff return yards. I remember one ass hat at espn even mentioning it as a place that ohio state really needed to improve. When you take into account the points the opponents scored, you understand that they were receiving only 2 kicks per game (sometimes one, Minnesota) because the defense didn't allow anyone to score very often.

That said, I'm not going to disagree with anything you said because I pretty much agree, but the passing stat doesn't give a perfect picture of what the weather was like during which part of the game, and who had to throw to try to get back into the game, and what type of passes were thrown, and one team could win the game with only their running back and decided that they didn't need to throw the ball anymore to "struggle to win" 60-35. It does say who wad throwing against ohio state's secondary last year though.

Crimson's picture

Numbers don't die, people/politicians/the media do.  Most of the time it happens because people are dumb, so they pick the stat that looks good instead of the right one (e.g. look at kickoff return yards instead of kickoff return yards per attempt and number of attempts).  Most statistics reported as game summaries are questionable at best.

Athens BuckCat's picture

Hoping he'll be more consistent throwing the ball this year, especially without the presence of el Guapo and the O-line studs that have moved on. Plenty of hungry play makers that need to be fed the football and Brax has all the physical tools necessary to do so

cplunk's picture

The biggest issue I saw, in all of the clips above and throughout the year, is poor touch, particularly on deep balls. He often throws deep balls on a line rather than on an arch, resulting in a difficult-to-catch pass or an overthrow. There are at least five or six touchdowns missed in the clips in this article for that reason alone- a staggering number.

Couple that with relatively poor placement/accuracy. On the deep balls he is rarely leading his receiver. ON the intermediate and short balls, he is usually either throwing high, making the receiver leap for it, or throwing so low as to be almost not catchable. 

To me, it is all about touch and accuracy with Brax. He has the arm strength. He knows the fundamentals (although as you point out he sometimes seems to "forget" them for game at a time). He is a fantastic athlete. 

If this years shows marked improvement on touch and accuracy, combined with good reads of the defense, he's in the NFL. If not then I'm sure he'll be drafted late somewhere, but also sure he won't make it out of camp.

He's definitely shown flashes of everything needed, just needs to put it all together and be consistent.

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

Not to knit pick, but where did win # 25 come from in the last 2 years?  And wasn't he really only 21 or 22-2?  Smooth Jazz had a couple wins.

 

As far as NFL projections for Miller-I think it really hinges on his ability to read defenses faster and deliver the ball, not just to an open receiver, but also throwing open a covered receiver.  I think the other stuff (arm strength, scheme, mechanics) may separate a high first round pick from a later round pick, but to truly succeed, and to be a high pick, that has to improve.

Phillips.449's picture

The optimistic side of me is excited to see this year in Braxton, improvements similar to the ones we saw in Troy between his junior and senior seasons.  The pessimistic side of me is concerned that he has had the shoulder injury and hasn't been able to have the spring reps.  I hope those "mental reps" are just as helpful when he is ready to throw!

GREAT write-up Kyle!

1MechEng's picture

Not sure I agree yet that Miller can make "all of the throws" he needs to during a game. He has plenty of arm strength, but he seemingly doesn't know when to use a softer touch instead of firing a fastball every time (such as on screens to the RB). I also agree with a previous poster that he sometimes fires lasers instead of dropping the ball into the basket (and over the DB's head/hands) on longer routes.

Braxton has more than enough physical gifts - he needs to work on his confidence and his "touch" IMHO.

 

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lunker76's picture

Not in the same sentence as Troy Smith. Lucky to be a seventh rounder. Would love to be wrong.

 

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Will in Arizona's picture

He would go higher than 7th round as a running back or slot receiver.  Troy wasn't nearly the athlete that Braxton (or Pryor) are.

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OSU069's picture

Wasn't even close really...

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CincyOSU's picture

 Troy wasn't nearly the athlete that Braxton (or Pryor) are.

Athlete? No, but he was 10x the QUARTERBACK that both Pryor and Miller were at the same point in their careers.

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OSU069's picture

I was strictly talking about athletic ability, running, etc. Not as an overall player.

d5k's picture

We never got to see a senior year from Pryor and have yet to see Miller's.  Troy made a leap between his junior and senior years.

d5k's picture

Pat White round 2 ATH

Terrelle Pryor round 3 supplemental as QB

Matt Jones round 1 as converted WR

Denard Robinson round 5 ATH

If Braxton goes round 7 he would have to be carrying some major injury.

There isn't a similar case study from this year's draft that I can think of.  This year just had a ton of pretty good pocket passers after round 1 + Logan Thomas who is like a more maddening Byron Leftwich clone.

buckeyedexter's picture

I think WRs were a real problem last year.  Many times it's hard to see on TV because the camera normally follows the ball, but in the Mich St game they often showed our WRs and they could not create any space; their corners were stuck to them.

This year I expect our WRs to be the strength of our offense and I think Braxton's numbers will show it.

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seafus26's picture

Will be very similar in the NFL. He'll have to learn to throw receivers open in rhythm. 

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

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d5k's picture

The point was he made some good throws like that corner/out to Philly or practically any time he targeted Evan Spencer and there were a lot of drops or bad routes or just a lack of going and getting it when Braxton put it in a good spot.

seafus26's picture

I think the NFL is gonna wanna see he could make those throws way more times than not. They're aren't interested in seeing he has performed the throw before a few times. It's kinda like your car. You wanna know what you paid for will start and be reliable, every time.

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

Agreed.  Consistency is the key.  He can't have overthrows, underthrows, bad reads, and a few "NFL" type throws sprinkled in.  Can he make all the throws-absolutely.  Can he do it consistently, and when it counts?  Jury is still out.  

seafus26's picture

And he can't take all day to go through reads. He and receivers know pre snap based on coverage shown where their routes will be.

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

JohnnyKozmo's picture

Exactly.  I think that's the biggest reason for the lack of production at the 3rd WR spot, TE, and RBs out of the backfield in the passing game.  He is lucky to get off of his 1st read, and rarely gets past the 2nd.  TEs aren't normally a primary read, so he never got to them, unless there was a blown coverage and they were wide open (see: Orange Bowl).

 

 

seafus26's picture

The one where if not for huge adjustment to pourly thrown ball by Huererman, that TD against blown coverage never happens

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sivaDavis's picture

It'd be amazing to have Gruden come in and work with him. Braxton needs to continue to stay in the pocket and survey the field. He has the playmakers around him now, no offense to Smith or Spencer but there just was times where they would disappear. I still want to see them contribute but I'm eager to see Michael Thomas, Johnnie Dixon, Corey Smith, Jalin Marshall, Curtis Samuel, etc. I hope he develops the chemistry throughout fall camp and comes in this year and shines. This was just one of those throws that impressed me, pressured, looked at his options, let it fly without a second guess. Those passes can add up.

Also, we need the TE's to step up big time this year and this offense with all the speed on the outsides and in the backfield could open it up for them even more since I think we are moving towards more passing this year and playing fast, more screens, quick slants, etc. These couple of plays are perfect examples of what could be done regularly in a game when the defense decides to key on say Dontre or a big deep threat on the outside:

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

James Mee's picture

I love Evan Spencer's blocking but he sometimes has feet for hands. Smith can block and has excellent speed but I feel like he also drops a lot of balls, or did early on. I also felt like Smith disappeared because they had him play the "Randy Moss" role. 

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thunderhawks51's picture

All I could hear was Ron jaworski's voice that whole read

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Kyle Jones's picture

I'm doubting you mean it as such, but I'm just gonna go ahead and take that as a compliment

thunderhawks51's picture

You took it correctly sir. I love Jaw's analysis. He's yet another gem from Youngstown State.

d5k's picture

Did you read every "NFL" as "The National Football League"?  I like Jaws too but he has some schticks.

ScarletGray43157's picture

My gut feeling is that Braxton Miller will not be an NFL quarterback.  I could be wrong about that and would be glad for him if I was.  If he never makes it in the NFL it will not change the good things that he has done at Ohio State.  

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seafus26's picture

I was at the B1G championship game and decided to force myself through the re-broadcast the other week since I didn't see or hear the original airing. Holy crap we knew Braxton's second half was bad, in person. But with the announcers rattling off stats I couldn't believe we felt that gave us the best chance to win a game and abandoned Hyde after a good 3rd QUarter. Does any one remember what Brax's second half stats were?

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

Jpfbuck's picture

3 of 12 passing for 26 yards no tds or ints a 43.2 qb rating

rushing he had 10 carries for 56 yards and 2 TDs both in the 3rd quarter

22 total touches for 82 yards.

seafus26's picture

Holy smokes!? I knew it was bad but 3 of 12!? And 26 yards!? I could find his game stats (8 of 21 for 101 yards), also horrid but I knew the second half had to be REALLY bad. 

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

d5k's picture

Philly was the only guy who could get open.  A lot of those were broken up passes to Devin/Evan.

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seafus26's picture

Huerman was open. Even if, at some point he's gotta start throwing receivers open and being able to make the throws on routes before the receiver ever makes his break

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d5k's picture

It's a little bit of both.  He hit Spencer between the numbers more than once that I recall and he just couldn't come away with the ball because of the DB harassment and his lack of ball skills.

Poison nuts's picture

He's my favorite football player maybe ever & yet, I'm not convinced he was even the best QB on the team last year. He can make it in the NFL IMHO, and as a QB at that, but I think he could get a look at RB of this isn't a stellar year under center. It's a stellar year I'm hoping he'll have...

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

Shangheyed's picture

Miller has indeed gotten better every year, and expect more of the same... more so with decisions andreading defenses, but a year of additional work on footwork will also help... nothing but up side on his ability... the KEY to his success next year is OLine protection, getting a RB who can carry the load (as he should not run as much this year), and one or two WR stepping up and filling shoes of departed starters.

Its always Miller time...

The key IMO can the tools remaining match his level of play.  Its almost like he is starting over this year with personel... to me that is going to be the Buckeye issue, as well as his personal issue. 

A few inferior QB to Miller got drafted this year... he will be drafted next year. 

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d5k's picture

He will show more in the passing game with better pass catchers at WR, Heuerman as the security blanket and lots of quick long handoffs/packaged plays.  When you can just run inside zone all day for 7-8 yards, the passing game seemed to get rusty at times or overly simple.

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Groveport Heisman's picture

Glad yall put these up  but got my wife trippin  on me.

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

PoKeY21's picture

I don't think Braxton has been asked to make more than maybe 5 NFL throws a game on average. A lot are just hitches, bubbles, and dump offs. His deep ball just seems to be thrown up for grabs. No touch on his passes at all (short and long). His legs and athleticism are off the charts though. I hope his arm improves drastically this season because as it stands now he has no shot in the pros as a QB. Kenny G will probably end up being the better pro when all is said and done.

When my time on earth is gone, and my activities here are passed, I want they bury me upside down, and my critics can kiss my ass - Robert Knight

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BAR43's picture

Disagree. Miller has more touch than most give him credit for. If he was throwing up jump balls he would have a hell of a lot more INTs than he does. He is fairly smart with the ball and actually a bit too conservative at times. I think touch needs improvement, but his biggest obstacle thus far has been vision. As for Kenny G... hes one of my favorites of all times, however he does not have the arm stregth that Miller has. However I am not sure I have ever seen a QB that has the composure Kenny G has in the pocket. It was crazy how confortable and confident he was when a defensemen was barreling down on him and he still would get a solid pass off. Something an coach would dream of having because it is really an innate ability, hard to teach.

Nutinpa's picture

This was a nicely written, balanced article. 

That being said....there is one over-riding and in my opinion, dominant theme to Miller which can't be ignored:

Since he has been the Buckeye QB, teams are lined up to defend the run and dare him to pass. Much of that was due to Hyde...and the fear of Miler's running, but the truth is, he simply does not win games with his arm...with the wins vs. Wisconsin and the 2012 win vs. Sparty as the lone exceptions. 

Unless things change remarkably this season, it is hard to imagine a guy being a coveted draft pick in the NFL as a QB.....when it is common knowledge that to beat OSU, you stop the run and dare Miller to beat you in the air.  

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d5k's picture

You are drafting the whole package though.  If a team picks him and never uses his talents in the running game then he will not have much success.

BAR43's picture

Good article and nice evaluation. I agree with a lot that was said and echo the fact that Miller does possess many attributes which make him a good QB now and potential to be a great QB this upcoming season and hopefully in the NFL. The 2 big things, as stated in the article, which are huge for Miller are arm strength and mechanics. He has both and for the most part uses them consistently, both still need improvement but having the basics of good mechanics to develop cannot be overstated. TP was a good QB, but he completely lacked mechanics and has this been his largest set back at the next level. Miller needs to excel in vision and decisiveness. If he can develop his on-field IQ, pre-reads, etc. he can be an unstopable QB his senior year. Only time will tell, but he has the tools and has steadily improved, now we need the final stage of completion for an epic senior year!

@OSUDefender's picture

In my opinion Braxton needs to spend the most time working on reading defenses and making much quicker decisions in the passing game. When he holds the ball he gets into trouble.

Bags5150's picture

I love me some Braxton Miller and wish him all the success in the world, but he just doesn't pass the eye test to me as an NFL qb.  He has A LOT to work on.  His feet make him dangerous but we've seen time after time (Pryor, RGIII etc.) that feet do not make you an NFL qb.  His mechanics tend to fall apart at times  and his realease point as mentioned is to low.  Thats not really something that changes.  I hope I'm wrong but I see him as a 4th rounder or later if drafted at all.  Look at Taj Boyd. Undrafted.  If we take our Scarlett glasses off, Braxton is a lot like Taj Boyd only Taj Boyd had an actual receiver to throw to.  Anyways, just my opinion.

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth~Mike Tyson

OSU069's picture

Tajh Boyd was not undrafted.... 

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Bags5150's picture

You are correct sir.  My mistake.  6th rounder.

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth~Mike Tyson

45has2's picture

In college everybody gets open. In the NFL the QB has to throw into tiny openings or throw the receiver open. That is where I see Brax struggling. Hopefully, he puts it all together this year.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

sivaDavis's picture

I just read in an article on that damn ESPN! That Urban set up a meeting for Chip Kelly to sit down and talk shop with Braxton. And that Urban has been doing this and will continue to do it with more coaches and people with good minds of the game. Anyone know of this? I know Urban said he wanted to bring in Gruden and I know Chip was on campus one day but I didn't know Urban was sitting Braxton down with these people and having them share info and knowledge. I personally think it's great, especially with Kelly. The man who's NFL offense is almost identical to the one Braxton is going to be running this year. With more emphasis on passing and reads and less on QB runs and scrambling.

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes