Scouts pick Miller, Wentz as Senior Bowl standouts
Former Ohio State star Braxton Miller is trying to complete a transformation from quarterback to wide receiver and be an impact player in the NFL.
He probably made some money this week.
A panel of NFL scouts and Senior Bowl personnel voted the dynamic Miller as the top practice performer. Hundreds of NFL coaches, scouts and personnel execs watched three days of NFL-type practices this week in Mobile, Ala.
Also voted as top performers at their respective positions were Carson Wentz of North Dakota State, top quarterback; Kenneth Dixon of Louisiana Tech, top running back; Sterling Shepard of Oklahoma, top wide receiver; Jason Spriggs of Indiana, top offensive lineman; Noah Spence of Eastern Kentucky, top defensive lineman; Reggie Ragland of Alabama, top linebacker; Harlan Miller of Southeast Louisiana, top defensive back; and Jeff Overbaugh of San Diego State, top specialist.
Former Browns general manager Phil Savage, the Senior Bowl’s CEO, has worked to make the event more scout-friendly and to boost the game’s overall profile, and these awards are a part of that. Savage said earlier in the week he believes Wentz could be drafted in the top 10. Miller was a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year as a running quarterback before playing receiver in his fifth year last fall.
ESPNU televised two days of practice sessions live, and NFL Network will air the Senior Bowl game live Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET.
The North team is coached by the Cowboys staff. The Jaguars, who have the rather dubious distinction of coaching in the Senior Bowl for a third consecutive year, are coaching the South.