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Report: Colts Will Meet Virtually with BYU WR Dax Milne Prior to the NFL Draft

NCAA Football: Brigham Young at Navy Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

According to The Draft Network’s Justin Melo, the Indianapolis Colts are among the pro teams that will meet virtually with BYU wide receiver Dax Milne prior to the 2021 NFL Draft:

The 6’1”, 190 pound junior wideout caught 70 receptions for 1,188 receiving yards (17.0 ypr. avg.) and 8 touchdown receptions during 12 starts for the Cougars this past season.

Milne was quarterback Zach Wilson’s favorite target for BYU (who’s a projected Top 5 NFL Draft pick)—and the two were also college roommates—sharing a connection both on and off the field.

The Draft Network’s scouting report on Milne is as follows:

PROSPECT SUMMARY - DAX MILNE

Dax Milne shows good proactive athleticism as a route-runner and does a good job at the top of the route. He typically defeats press with foot quickness, stacks the DB, and gets back on his route stem. He will track the football in the air and shows good extension and strong hands at the catch point. He is a hyper-competitive player who has made a lot of big plays in his career.

Ideal Role: Subpackage receiver with special teams upside.

Here’s some of the other scouting scoop on Milne:

While he won’t necessarily ‘wow’ you as an athlete, Milne has incredibly sure hands, can catch through contact, find the football in traffic, and is a smooth and nuanced route runner—with a knack for making big catches. He has experience in the slot as well.

His father was drafted by the Detroit Tigers, so he has a professional sports pedigree.

The Colts could use more playmaking at wide receiver, and having played with Wilson at BYU, Milne has shined when catching footballs from a quarterback with improvisation skills—similar to Indianapolis’ new starting quarterback Carson Wentz, who also can make ‘playground plays’ when the passing pocket abruptly breaks down.

Milne could be a sneaky ‘late Day 3’ pick for the Colts at wide receiver, and the franchise has had some success with a BYU receiver in the past (see: Austin Collie before head injuries unfortunately derailed his promising early career). Plus, there’s also former BYU linebacker Rob Morris, who started for the Colts’ Super Bowl winning defense in 2006.

Simply stated, Milne makes some sense for the Colts as additional wide receiver depth.