Back in 2011, Braxton Miller was the No. 2-ranked quarterback and No. 34 overall recruit in the country. He ultimately landed at Ohio State, where for the first three years of his college career he started under center for Urban Meyer's Buckeyes. Being an Ohio State quarterback, Miller operated as a dual-threat. In each of those three seasons, he threw at least 157 passes and ran the ball at least 159 times.
He showed growth as a passer from Year 1 to Year 3 (his completion percentage, yards per attempt, passer rating, and touchdown total all went up every year, and he was named Big Ten MVP as both a sophomore and junior), and he looked set to lead a star-studded OSU team during the 2014 season as well. A shoulder injury knocked him out for the entire season, though, and after J.T. Barrett and then Cardale Jones broke out in his absence, Meyer shifted Miller to a hybrid wide receiver/running back role for his redshirt senior campaign.
Miller wound up registering 43 rushing attempts and 25 receptions in 2015 (for 601 total yards and four touchdowns), a performance intriguing enough to get him selected in the third round of this year's draft by the Houston Texans. Now that he's in the NFL, the Texans are envisioning a multi-dimensional role for him that Miller simply describes as being simply a playmaker.
"Just a playmaker. I'll play slot, outside, inside, play running back. Just whatever is in the game plan. I'm capable of playing any position," Miller said in an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio.
Basically, Miller envisions himself getting the Percy Harvin/Tavon Austin treatment, where his team just tries to get the ball in his hands a bunch of times and it doesn't particularly matter how. Harvin and Austin (who have each done it twice) are the only two players since 2000 that spent the majority of their time at wide receiver to register at least 30 rushes and 30 receptions in a single season, per Pro-Football-Reference. (No, I'm not sure why Jamaal Charles, Roy Helu, Darren Sproles, C.J. Spiller, Reggie Bush, Fred Jackson, and/or Marcel Shipp are showing up in a search for wide receivers, either.)
Given how much they're talking him up, that seems like a reasonable goal for the Texans and Miller. If they can get him there, it'll add another dimension to an offense that had little in the way of playmakers beyond DeAndre Hopkins last season.