Anthony Miller Draft Profile
Anthony Miller Draft Profile
- Versatile-can work inside or outside
- Competitive nature
- Work ethic
- Plays with a chip on his shoulder
- Body adjustments
- Finds openings when QB scrambles
- Ball tracker
Analysis: Anthony Miller not only excelled at football in high school, but was also a state 110-meter hurdle champion and was a runner-up in the long jump. That athleticism didn’t get him on the field early in his collegiate career, but when he did make it on the field he was ultra-productive tallying 94 receptions for 1,434 yards and 14 touchdowns as junior. Miller possesses rapid-fire stutter steps and his head fakes defeat outside and inside leverage. He accelerates out of cuts creating throwing window. Scratches and claws over top of press and has early quickness to stack them. Can work inside or outside and has been effective on all three levels. Former walk-on with elevated level of competitiveness. On tape, Miller’s speed is evident through every step of his route. He is an elite ball tracker and his jumping skills allow him to high point the ball over defenders despite his short stature. He contorts his body making adjustments to haul in challenging catches. Works with scrambling quarterbacks. Slick with his feet near the sideline. Creates yardage after the catch.
- Medical history
- Double-catches short throws
- Ball security
- Runs routes ‘tall’ getting knocked off-balance
Analysis: The biggest concern for Anthony Miller’s draft stock is his injury history and future durability at the next level. Miller couldn’t compete in the Senior Bowl due to a foot injury he suffered in the Tigers bowl game. There has been talk since the senior bowl that NFL teams are ‘flagging’ Miller and they will need him to pass an extensive medical test to even be put on their draft board. Miller pops straight up before breaking route off and could be challenged by zone corners looking to disrupt his momentum with redirects. Routes carry wasted motion with excessive arm and upper body action. Might be quicker than fast–it will be interesting to see when and if he runs the 40-yard dash before the NFL Draft. He has outstanding focus on deep throws, but that turns into shoddy concentration on short ones. Will drop and double catch simple, short throws. Ball security is a concern after the catch with five career fumbles.
Final Thoughts: If Miller passes all his medical tests leading up to the NFL Draft he is hands down our No.2 ranked wide receiver in this class. His competitive fire is not found in your average prospect and he plays with a chip on his shoulder that sets him apart from the rest. His ability to get open and to work all three levels of the field increase his chances for success. I see so much of Antonio Brown when he was coming out of Central Michigan in Anthony Miller. Put him in a system that allows him to work all over the field like Brown and you could have a perennial pro bowler every season.
Size: 5’11 190lbs
Draft Rank: T-No.1 WR
NFL Comparison: Antonio Brown
Draft Projection: 2nd Round (1st Round talent)