Breaking Down WR Aaron Burbridge and WR Braxton Miller

Aaron is a fourth year senior and a two year starter for Michigan State. In his first two seasons, he was a part time starter. He had a breakout year in 2015 with 80 receptions for 1219 yards and 7 touchdowns. In 2014 he had 29 catches for 358 yards and one touchdown. Size – 6010 – 210 – 4.50 (all estimates) Strong Points – Good to very good athlete with adequate speed. Has excellent hands, can snatch the ball and can make the difficult catch. Very good route runner who can get open versus zone and man. Good quickness out of cuts to gain separation. Will compete for the ball in traffic and win. Strong runner after the catch with quickness, elusiveness and strength. Willing blocker. Weak Points – Not a burner, won’t be a real deep threat at the next level. Summation – Burbridge is a talented and productive receiver who has the tolls to be an eventual starter at the NFL level. He plays in an NFL style offense and will not have the learning curve some spread receivers have. He is a very good route runner who knows how to get open. I don’t see him as a deep threat but he can become a very good possession type receiver. Can become a consistent number two receiver in most schemes. Braxton Miller – WR/RB/QB – Ohio State Miller is a fifth year senior and a four year starter for Ohio State. He enrolled in 2011 and quickly become the starter at quarterback. He remained the OSU quarterback for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons. He injured his shoulder at the end of the 2013 season and reinjured again in August of 2014 causing him to miss the 2014 season. This year he played wide receiver, running back and some quarterback. He finished this season with 24 receptions for 329 yards and three touchdowns and 40 carries for 254 yards and one touchdown. He will most likely be a wide receiver at the next level. Size – 6016 – 215 – 4.45 Strong Points – Excellent size with exceptional overall athleticism and body control. Has good hands and he is an excellent runner after the catch showing speed, power and elusiveness. Very instinctive. A top competitor. Has outstanding big play potential. Weak Points – Very raw as a receiver. Needs to develop his route running skills and his ability to read coverages. Right now he is a jack of all trades and master of none. Summation – May be one of the most exciting players in the draft. Has excellent big play ability but he is still raw as far as being a wide receiver. He will need to go through an understandable learning curve but once he is comfortable…look out! Will contribute early as a spot player while he is learning. With his run skills, he may be able to play some running back also. It would not surprise me if he becomes a top return man. Very few have his natural talent. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

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