06 May 2010
Not too long ago Mark Porter put up the full video for Braxton Miller. I had seen it earlier but I watched it again. Several times actually. I was so impressed. It brought me around to a new way of thinking with Miller.
I have been going at the who is better between Cardale Jones and Braxton Miller from the point of view of who is the better quarterback, and who has the better upside? There is a different way to look at this thing. Who is the better prospect? Look at the moves at :52, 2:15, 9:02 and 12:45 on the video. Those are the kinds of moves that you want to see in the open field by a great receiver, let alone a quarterback. Miller is not a great athletic quarterback, as in he runs very well for a quarterback. Those are moves that would make
him a Buckeye caliber player as a receiver. He is 6-2 and 200. Not great for a quarterback, but ideal for a receiver. We talk about the washout rate for quarterbacks. Partly that is because they have a very low move down factor. How many quarterbacks ever move to another position? Cardale Jones is a great looking big athlete but I doubt he can play any other position. Not at an Ohio State level. I don't see it. Miller takes that to another level. Forget about moving and trying to make it at another position. Miller could be recruited for other positions. He could be recruited at the highest levels as a receiver or a running back. Miller does not have to take a backseat to Jones as a quarterback prospect. Jones brings the better measurables for the position. As a football prospect, looking at getting something special out of the scholarship, Millers ability to be big time at several positions makes him the better prospect. Jim Tressel is all about getting value out of his scholarships. We heard his thinking on the matter when asked early on in his time as the Buckeye head coach about where players project to which he responded that he recruits bigs, big speed, speed and quarterbacks. I think it plays into his thinking on offensive linemen as that is the last stop for any football player. Jones is late to the scene and early in his development. Miller was the starter as a freshman and has a lot of time under center but in the end I think his versatiltiy, his ability to be an impact player at several other positions, would have put him at the top of the Buckeye quarterback pecking order anyway.
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