Braxton Miller ready to contribute to Texans

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Braxton Miller is a confident man.

The Texans snapped up the Ohio State receiver in the third round of the NFL Draft on Friday night, choosing him with the 85th overall pick.

The former Big 10 Player of the Year as a quarterback didn't hesitate when asked how he could contribute to his new team.

"Oh man, explosiveness, big-play ability, speed, quickness, strength and just making people miss in a smaller area," Miller said. "Just making it easy for my quarterback and the offensive coordinator to call plays."

Brock Osweiler and George Godsey, the duo Miller referenced, have a variety of options after the first three rounds of the draft. In addition to Miller, they can contemplate ways to get the ball to receivers like DeAndre Hopkins, Cecil Shorts, Jaelen Strong and first-rounder Will Fuller.

And Miller's excited.

 

"Oh yeah, for sure," Miller said. "All of them, Will Fuller, D-Hop, Strong. The crew is going to be strong now. We're good."

The Texans liked what they saw in Miller's game tape as a Buckeye. Their positive thoughts were bolstered during their time observing him for a week in Mobile at the Senior Bowl. And it was reinforced in meetings at the Combine in February and on campus in Columbus, Ohio.

General manager Rick Smith said Miller fits into the mold of "adding players who have dimensions to

them, who can add dimensions to our football team, who can make plays with the ball in their hand or on the ball, and certainly he can do that."

Head coach Bill O'Brien echoed those sentiments, and also pointed out the leadership qualities Miller showed not just as a receiver, but as a quarterback before injury caused him to switch positions.

"With Braxton, he was a quarterback when he went there," O'Brien said. "He was one of the best in the country at that position, and like I said because of injury he felt like the best move for him was to make the move to wide receiver."

Miller will play in a variety of spots on Sundays, including on special teams, according to O'Brien. That chance to contribute in the return game is something Miller said he relished.

"For me, that's a cheat code," Miller said. "If I'm back there returning and I'm going back on offense, that's a cheat code. That's a way to get the ball in a playmakers hands. I'm available no matter what they want me to do."

The 2016 NFL Draft concludes on Saturday with rounds four through seven. Below are the Texans picks.

Round Overall Player Position School
1 21 Will Fuller WR Notre Dame
2 50 Nick Martin C Notre Dame
3 85 Braxton Miller WR Ohio State
4 119
5 159
5 166

Ohio State WR Braxton Miller was the Texans' 3rd round (85th overall) pick.

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