Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is a junior for the Buckeyes, meaning he could bolt for the rich pastures of the NFL following this season. Despite his success in college, however, that doesn’t mean his game will translate to the NFL.
Urban Meyer knows exactly that, and on Monday addressed Miller’s future outlook with the media. According to NFL.com’s Mike Huguenin, Meyer believes Miller has the skills to be a quarterback at the next level, but still feels he has some developing to do.
Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller has the potential to be an NFL quarterback, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said Monday during his weekly news conference, but Meyer also said he doesn’t think Miller is ready for the next level.
“He has the skill set to be a pro quarterback; there’s no doubt in my mind,” Meyer said.
Miller’s passing game has improved in 2013. Heading into the Michigan matchup, he has completed 132-of-195 (67.7 percent) pass attempts for 1,626 yards, 19 touchdowns and four interceptions. He has thrown for a higher completion percentage, more touchdowns and less interceptions than last year.
Having coached Alex Smith and Tim Tebow, Meyer knows a thing or two about the maturation of quarterbacks and how that translates to the NFL. There is no longer time in the big leagues for a starting quarterback to take the time to develop. Once a player is drafted, he is typically thrown right into the fire. While he has all of the talent in the world, Miller would greatly benefit from one more year at the amateur level. It will also give him another shot at the Heisman Trophy.