Senior Bowl week is underway, as the NFL world is focused on Mobile, Alabama this week to watch some of the top seniors in college football practice in preparation for Saturday's Senior Bowl game. It is an opportunity for teams to watch prospects work out and to talk with them, and most teams bring a large contingent of coaches, management, and scouts for the week.
According to NFL.com's Chase Goodbread, one of the names the Colts appear interested in is Ohio State wide receiver Braxton Miller, as the Colts are among the teams interviewing Miller tonight (Goodbread also mentioned the Chiefs).
Miller (6-2, 215 pounds) was the starting quarterback for Ohio State for three seasons (2011-2013) and proved to be a dynamic playmaker as a dual-threat option. He completed 395 of 667 passes (59.2%) for 5,295 yards (7.9 yards per attempt), 52 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions for a passer rating of 146.5 as Ohio State's quarterback, and he also added 3,314 yards and 33 touchdowns rushing during his collegiate career, averaging 5.5 yards per carry. After he missed the 2014 season due to injury, however, he came back in 2015 to a very crowded quarterback position and was moved to wide receiver. He caught 26 passes for 341 yards and three scores in 2015 (averaging 13.1 yards per catch) and also added 260 yards and a touchdown on 42 rush attempts, proving to be an intriguing playmaker.
He is, obviously, a raw talent as he has played receiver for just one season, but his athleticism and natural ability make him a guy worth keeping an eye on. CBS Sports currently ranks him as their 14th receiver in the upcoming draft class and projects him to be drafted in the third round. Colts fans won't like to hear about the team showing interest in another wide receiver after drafting Phillip Dorsett last year, but it's worthwhile to at least do their due diligence on Miller. He's a guy who would be a bit of a project and who would still need work but who could be a versatile playmaker, and it's worth it for the Colts to at least look into it. Remember, these meetings and interviews don't at all mean that the team will take the player but rather are often simply to find out more information. The Colts meet with a lot of players during the draft process, so hold your sarcastic comments about interviewing a receiver. There's really no reason for the Colts not to look into players, as it doesn't mean they have to take them. We'll see if anything comes of this, but it's at least worth noting that the Colts are meeting with Miller.