A lot of NFL prospects will tell you that they don’t care which NFL team they go to; they just want to get drafted. And almost none of them say – at least not publicly – specifically where they want to play.
Braxton Miller is not most prospects. He doesn’t know where he’ll get drafted, but he won’t be upset if he ends up in Texas.
Houston, to be exact.
“A team I do like is the Texans,” Miller said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I do like them. I’ve played against Bill O’Brien before and he’s a good coach. He knows how I am as a player. We got history together, man. Big Ten days.”
O’Brien may or may not remember those Big Ten days fondly – the part where he coached against Miller, anyway. Yes, in 2013, Miller wreaked havoc on O’Brien’s Nittany Lions, throwing for 252 yards, running for 68 and accounting for five touchdowns (three pass, two rush) in a 63-14 Ohio State win.
It was Penn State’s worst loss in 114 years.
Miller, of course, had similar performances against other programs. He was a one-man dynamo for much of his time in Columbus, often single-handedly leading the Buckeyes to victory. In 2014, however, he re-injured his throwing shoulder in practice, missed the entire season, watched his team win a national championship in his absence, and then changed positions before his senior year.
He went through a lot.
Which is why he can’t wait to hear his name called.
“It’s going to be lovely,” Miller said of getting drafted. “I’ve been working toward this and always wanted to play on the professional level. Mo matter where I go, I’m just going to do what I do. Get on the field and make plays and be the best I can be.”
Miller will be watching the draft with his family. He doesn’t know who is cooking – or what’s on the menu – but he hopes it involves glazed salmon, broccoli and macaroni and cheese with bacon.
Homemade mac and cheese. None of that microwave stuff.
“Can’t do that,” Miller said. “Can’t go back to middle-school days.”
Miller is one of several Buckeyes who could get drafted in the first round, along with Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott, Eli Apple, Darron Lee and Taylor Decker.
Gottlieb asked if there’s a competition among the Buckeyes to see who gets drafted first.
“No, it’s going to be fun to watch,” Miller said. “I don’t think it’s competitive, though. We’re all on the same team. It’s going to be fun to watch. I’m just hoping for the best.”