Cincinnati Bengals: 5 Players to Watch at the Combine

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Jan 1, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Braxton Miller (1) against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the 2016 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Buckeyes defeated the Fighting Irish 44-28. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Braxton Miller (1) against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the 2016 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Buckeyes defeated the Fighting Irish 44-28. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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The NFL Combine is just around the corner and with only two weeks before college players take the field to impress scouts.  Let’s take a closer look at the top five players the Bengals should be watching this year.

WR: Braxton Miller

On the latest episode of Men in Stripes podcast, there was talk of whether or not the Bengals should take Braxton Miller in the first round of the NFL Draft. The answer was split, but with analysts like Chad Reuter of NFL.com and Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com both looking at the Bengals taking him in their early mock drafts, he may need to be watched a little closer than anticipated.

Anybody who is not familiar with his Ohio State story, here it is. Braxton Miller got his first start in 2011 as the Ohio State quarterback. He then started in 2012 and 2013 for the Buckeyes at QB. In 2014, Miller sustained a season ending shoulder injury during practice and had to sit out his senior year. In 2015, everything changed, when Miller announced he was not going to participate in the battle for quarterback with J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones, instead he became a wide receiver.

According to CBS Sports draft profile:

"Miller has multiple gears to separate in his routes or as a ball carrier"

But:

"He’s a raw route runner and lacks experience at the receiver position."

His numbers in 2015 weren’t great but caught the attention of many NFL scouts. He recorded 26 catches for 341 yards and three touchdowns, he also rushed 42 times for 260 yards and one touchdown. He should remind many Bengals fans of a current talent, who could be headed elsewhere in free agency, Mohamed Sanu.

Next: Staying in Stripes

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