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What Receiver Scotty Miller Brings to the Bucs

A replacement for Adam Humphries?

NCAA Football: Bowling Green at Georgia Tech Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

With the 208th pick the Bucs took Bowling Green wide receiver Scotty Miller. Miller started three years for the Falcons, piling up over 2,300 yards and 23 touchdowns. In his senior season he had over 16 yards per catch and was 1st-team All-MAC. He also ran kickoffs back.

So what kind of player are the Bucs getting?

Miller looks like the heir apparent to Adam Humphries, who left in free agency. Miller isn’t very big - just 5’11 (or 5’09, depending on who you ask) and 174 pounds when wet, but with that kind of speed he could be a pretty good space player at the next level. Miller is a former track athlete, and it shows: 4.39 is flying, and Miller’s 10-yard split is 1.51 seconds. For reference, Humphries ran a 4.53 40-yard dash when he came out of Clemson, with a 1.59 second 10-yard split. To give you an idea of their respective agility, Humphries ran the short shuttle at 4.32 seconds, and Miller did it in 4.02. So the athleticism there is promising. Miller definitely has burst and speed to gain separation.

The questions will be, can Miller’s body withstand NFL punishment, and will a small catch radius pose problems for quarterback Jameis Winston? Also, with Miller’s relative lack of size and strength, he’ll probably have some issues beating the press. But he’s tough and smart, and he’s got a chance. At the very least, Miller will compete with Justin Watson for the starting slot receiver role vacated by Humphries.