A lot of Browns fans identify with Ohio State as their favorite college team, so it’s easy to play up the Browns taking Braxton Miller, the Buckeyes quarterback turned receiver.
The NFL is a playmakers league, and with the departure of Travis Benjamin, the Browns have none. Josh Gordon can’t be counted on to return to the Pro Bowl form he displayed in 2013. Two years is a lifetime in the NFL, and there’s no guarantee he’ll be great again.
Enter Miller. The Browns need help in the slot. Andrew Hawkins was signed two offseasons ago, but he’s had concussion troubles and his future is uncertain.
Adding Miller instantly upgrades the slot position. He’s bigger, and faster, running the 40 in the low 4.4s during Ohio State’s pro day. He is a player opposing defensive coordinators would have to spend time game planning against.
And if we learned anything from watching a Hue Jackson-run offense in Cincinnati, it’s that the new Browns’ coach won’t shy away from running a trick play.
Speed’s never been an issue with Miller, but it was a little disappointing to see his 4.5 40-yard dash time at the NFL combine. He erased those woes with his successful pro day, but whether or not the Browns decide to draft him depends on where they have him on their board. He’ll probably be around at 32. It’ll be on the Browns to determine whether they want to take the gamble.
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