What the NFL’s best and worst rookies are, according to my team’s research
We’ve got the first of two articles that detail the top rookies in the NFL this year.
In the first, we look at the top players in each position, with the rest of the draft class in the second article.
First-year NFL draft pick Braxton Miller was a standout at the Senior Bowl, with three tackles for loss, three quarterback hurries, one sack and an interception.
But while he didn’t do much in the way of breaking out at the NFL Scouting Combine, he was able to impress with his quickness and explosiveness.
As a freshman, Miller was able, for the most part, to avoid any sort of injury, but was still limited by his size and length.
He played the position at the same speed and style of football that he would later run for the Buckeyes, and he was a big reason why Ohio State was able as a program to compete at a high level.
Miller’s success has also come at a cost.
He missed time due to a concussion, but there was a lingering question about whether he would be able to return to full strength after a season in which he was hurt.
But he didn�t need to miss any games in 2016.
While the injury could have been a distraction for Miller, he didn �t have to miss time, and Ohio State came out of the combine with a renewed sense of optimism.
It wasn�t just a matter of whether Miller could play in a big way for the rest.
It was about what he could do as a freshman.
For Miller, that meant becoming more comfortable with his new position.
He didn�ts need to make huge plays in coverage or rush the passer in the passing game.
He had more to do, and had the chance to play in all three phases of the game.
That was a significant step in the right direction.
And it was another step in Miller�s development as a player, which was a positive.
After a strong junior season in 2016, Miller saw some time at receiver in 2017, and the results were good.
His play continued to grow, and by the end of the year, he had earned himself a spot on the roster.
He finished the season with seven catches for 125 yards and a touchdown.
The Buckeyes� receivers caught more passes than they ever had before, and Miller became a more dangerous target.
At his best, Miller could be an explosive playmaker in the red zone.
He could make tough catches that would have gone for touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
When he�s not doing those things, Miller is a threat to score on any given day.
He�s a threat with his legs and his hands.
Miller is also a threat when he runs with the ball.
This year, Miller also got a chance to take the field for a larger role.
Miller�ll play some special teams duty for the second straight year, but he�ll get the bulk of the snaps at running back.
He was a key part of Ohio State�s win over Alabama, carrying the team on a 37-27 victory.
To win the SEC East, Ohio State needed to win more games than it had previously, but Miller made the most of the opportunity and helped the Buckeye offense do just that.
With the new emphasis on efficiency in the running game, Miller has become a big part of the Ohio State offensive line.
Ohio State also added a couple of new starters on defense.
They signed two defensive linemen to help in the run defense, with guard Anthony Collins (a second-round pick out of Miami) becoming a starter at center.
And the Buckeys added a pair of defensive backs to help their depth at the safety position. If Miller�m playing at a consistent level, Ohio�s offense will be much more dangerous than it has been in a while.