Wide Receiver – Memphis
Drafted No. 51 overall (Round 2 / Pick 19) by the Chicago Bears
Buffalo lacked speed and a slot receiver entering the draft and wound up drafting two slot receivers late in the draft. However, if they could have hung onto one of their second-round picks by not moving up for Josh Allen, the team could have been in a great position to take Anthony Miller.
In my pre-draft article on the ideal haul for the Bills, one player I had hoped the Bills would take (other than Rosen) was Miller. While I had the team taking him in the third, if he was there for the Bills in the second, I have a hard time believing the team would have passed on him.
Miller set records for receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns for the Tigers in his time at Memphis. He was both a First Team All-AAC and First Team All-American selection in 2017. His production speaks for itself, but his game translates to the NFL very well.
At 5-foot-11, Miller isn’t the biggest receiver by any means, but he makes up for it in route running and hands. His routes are crisp as he gets in and out of breaks very well and he can battle for a ball in the air. He would be the team’s immediate option in the slot but his play would also translate to play on the outside. He ran a 4.46 at his pro day – which isn’t burner speed – but he would be the fastest amongst the team’s other two starting options.
I think Miller could have been a great long-term option for the Bills and help build up a receiving corps. Miller and Zay Jones could have turned a wealth of college success into one of the best young receiving tandems in the NFL.