Memphis WR Anthony Miller (#3) caught my eye in September when I traveled to the Liberty Bowl for a showdown with Josh Rosen and the UCLA Bruins. I entered the contest intent on keying Rosen, but Miller was ultimately the prospect who commanded eyeballs on the field.
How? He’s got a hell of a pair of hands on him. This isn’t a player who had notable physical stature, Miller is listed at 5’11, 190 lbs. The redshirt senior wins with good juice in space and some of the best hands I’ve seen this year. Miller is a player many will delegate to the slot, but an NFL scout in attendance that afternoon insisted he can play on the outside.
Personally, I’m prone to agree with him. Miller has enough quickness and burst at the line to separate against coverage at the line. While his functional strength will inhibit him in terms of alignment and fighting through contact; he’s a pretty impressive technician who should create space in his route.
In relation to his hands, the first time I recall noting his ability to address the football goes back to late last season, where Miller flashed this beauty of a catch.
Hand eye coordination and ability to squeeze the nose of the football here are notable. Of course the receiving gloves help, but Miller’s ability to make this catch should give a clue regarding his hand size; a favorite “nit-pick” of the Draft realm. Regardless of what the measurement comes in, I’m not going to have any issues with Miller’s hands. That said, I’m expecting that the measure will clock in over my initial baseline of 9.00″.
Fast forward to September 16th against the Bruins and Miller’s hands flashed again; helping him make one of two big catches just before the half to put the Tigers into the lead (a lead they’d ultimately hold at the final gun).
— Joe Kane (@JoeKaneFromESU) September 16, 2017
Catching the football away from your body is *the* primary tell on a receiver’s hands. Some receivers fight the ball away from them. Others consistently prefer to let the ball get into their chest. Miller is of the group that “plucks” the football out of the air.
Strong hands, good movement skills and a high level of technical proficiency make Memphis WR Anthony Miller a potential mid-round target for just about any WR hungry team.