MOBILE, Ala. -- One of the intriguing prospects at this year's Senior Bowl is Ohio State's Braxton Miller, a former big-play quarterback who made the transition to wide receiver in college.
Miller impressed on the first day of practices and got attention from plenty of teams, including an informal conversation with the Atlanta Falcons. Miller's tone perked up when asked about the possibility of joining Pro Bowler Julio Jones in Atlanta.
"I would love to come help out Julio in Atlanta," Miller told ESPN.com. "I would love to wear the red and black."
The Falcons need a receiver capable of establishing separation to complement Jones, and Miller is projected to be a second or third-round selection. Sure, he's still raw in terms of making the full transition to wide receiver. But as ESPN Insider and former NFL player Matt Bowen noted Tuesday, the 6-foot, 204-pound Miller has "ridiculous change of direction speed. So athletic. Better route runner than I expected."
Miller would be the first to say his route running needs to be polished. That's why he studied Jones coming out of Alabama and through Jones' years with the Falcons.
"Speed, size, and the way he runs his routes is off the charts," Miller said. "So, I want to be like that. ... The way he runs his routes is crazy. I love it. I'm going to have to hit him up, man, and talk to him about that."
Miller was a Heisman Trophy candidate as a spread-option quarterback. Then after suffering a shoulder injury in August of 2014 and falling to third on the quarterback depth chart, the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year (2012, 2013) made the move to wide receiver.
Miller had 26 catches for 341 yards and three touchdowns this past season. He was third on the team in receiving behind top draft prospect Michael Thomas and Jalin Marshall.
So when did Miller start to feel comfortable at receiver?
"Midseason," Miller said. "You know, just doing everything. Blocking. Being on special teams. Running deep routes, short routes, intermediate routes. Sweeps. All types of stuff. They opened up the playbook like that. It's fun, man."
"I love [to] see guys make plays," Miller said. "Some guys can't."
Miller appreciates the feedback he has received from the Dallas Cowboys coaches, who are coaching the North squad at the Senior Bowl.
"They love it," Miller said of his showing at receiver. "They said keep going because I'm a special guy, just keep showing your talents. You never know where you might end up in the draft. You just have to keep working, man."