The Chicago Bears’ newest wide receiver has a self-scouting report that’s so interesting, you’ll come away wondering how he wasn’t the first player taken at his position.
Anthony Miller took to The Players’ Tribune on the Tuesday before the NFL Draft and wrote an open letter to the general managers of the NFL and explained – in his own words, mind you – why he was the draft’s best receiver prospect.
“This draft, if you’re looking for a raw athlete that you want to mold into a football player, there are plenty of other prospects you should consider,” Miller wrote. “But if you’re looking for someone who will join your organization with the expectation of making plays every single game, well, I’m looking forward to hearing from you.”
As we know by now, Miller heard from the Bears – who liked Miller so much they traded next year’s second round pick in a package to get him.
Miller didn’t dive into the measureables like height, weight, arm length, and hand size. Nor did he cite his ridiculously impressive stats (back-to-back 1,400-yard receiving seasons and 32 touchdowns the last two years) or accolades (Consensus All-American, AP All-American, and All-AAC first-team) in 2017. Instead, he wrote with the idea of looking forward on what should be a bright future. He highlighted his passion for the game and things he wrote “can’t be measured with a stopwatch or a scale.”
“I know if I carried myself like a player who was satisfied with just being known as an All-America and Memphis’ all-time leading receiver, that would be all I was ever known for,” Miller wrote. “But that’s not the player you’ll be getting if you pick me. I’m a person who’s always looking forward to what’s next rather looking back on what he’s already done. I’m always going to approach this game like a player with no scholarship offers. I’m going to grind the same way I did when I was a walk-on hoping for one extra practice rep.”
Sounds like Miller will fit right in to Matt Nagy’s #BeObsessed campaign, and I can’t wait to see him on the field as he tries to prove doubters wrong once again.