Scouts pick Miller, Wentz as Senior Bowl standouts

AP

Former Ohio State star Braxton Miller is trying to complete a transformation from quarterback to wide receiver and be an impact player in the NFL.

He probably made some money this week.

A panel of NFL scouts and Senior Bowl personnel voted the dynamic Miller as the top practice performer. Hundreds of NFL coaches, scouts and personnel execs watched three days of NFL-type practices this week in Mobile, Ala.

Also voted as top performers at their respective positions were Carson Wentz of North Dakota State, top quarterback; Kenneth Dixon of Louisiana Tech, top running back; Sterling Shepard of Oklahoma, top wide receiver; Jason Spriggs of Indiana, top offensive lineman; Noah Spence of Eastern Kentucky, top defensive lineman; Reggie Ragland of Alabama, top linebacker; Harlan Miller of Southeast Louisiana, top defensive back; and Jeff Overbaugh of San Diego State, top specialist.

Former Browns general manager Phil Savage, the Senior Bowl’s CEO, has worked to make the event more scout-friendly and to boost the game’s overall profile, and these awards are a part of that. Savage said earlier in the week he believes Wentz could be drafted in the top 10. Miller was a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year as a running quarterback before playing receiver in his fifth year last fall.

ESPNU televised two days of practice sessions live, and NFL Network will air the Senior Bowl game live Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

The North team is coached by the Cowboys staff. The Jaguars, who have the rather dubious distinction of coaching in the Senior Bowl for a third consecutive year, are coaching the South.

18 responses to “Scouts pick Miller, Wentz as Senior Bowl standouts

  1. Mobile must have been the place to be if you are a football fan. for a week it was a dream setting if you are looking to elbow up with NFL coaches and GM’s / Media Guys. Unbelievable, for a somebody who wants to break into the NFL (ME) I am upset I was not able to attend.

  2. Braxton was smart to change positions as he has no future at QB ala Tebow and Terrelle Pryor. It’s too bad Cardale Jones won’t switch.

  3. Top practice performer?!?!
    Is that really a thing? Every year NFL training camps have great camp performers that don’t make the team.

  4. Something tells me had Jadevon Clowney wouldn’t have won this award if he had stayed in school.

  5. granadafan says:
    Jan 29, 2016 5:54 PM

    Braxton was smart to change positions as he has no future at QB ala Tebow and Terrelle Pryor. It’s too bad Cardale Jones won’t switch.

    Cardale Jones is the only one of the 4 that is not a “college style” QB. He is built to be a drop back passer, who is playing in a read option college system. He could easily become a better pro QB than he would ever be a college QB in that system. Now, the speed of the game could also easily overwhelm him as he hasn’t shown a propensity to read defenses well, or adjust on the fly.

    We’ll see…Because someone is going to take a flyer on this kid and coach him up.

  6. ^ Love Brax but OSU didn’t dare use him as a returner. He’s elusive but loves to dance around. This is acceptable on downfield passes but not on returns. Two vital areas where Miller improved: running consistent routes and not fighting the ball so much when thrown to you.

    He could play from day one as a slot guy who’s given an option route and told to get open. His quarterback instincts will benefit him there.

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