Shazier, Miller, Still Mulling NFL Options
By Rob Ogden
The days are numbered before college underclassmen must declare for the NFL draft. Sixteen days remain, to be exact. Ohio State juniors Braxton Miller and Ryan Shazier's days in Columbus might be numbered, as well.
The two have until Jan. 15 to decide their fate, but Miller said he won't make a decision until after the Buckeyes' Jan. 3 Orange Bowl date with Clemson.
"My main focus is on the team right now, to make sure we go out there strong," Miller said. "I'll make my decision when I'm done."
Miller said he has been thinking about the decision a lot, and added that he doesn't know which way he's leaning.
The quarterback has completed 146-of-231 passing attempts this season for 1,860 yards and 22 touchdowns with five interceptions.
His improvement as a passer was drastic from the previous two years, yet Miller is still ranked outside the top ten among draft-eligible quarterbacks by most draft experts.
ESPN.com's Scouts Inc. has Miller ranked as the No. 13 quarterback and 124th overall.
CBSSports.com ranks Miller as the 12th best player at his position and projects him to be selected in the fifth round.
Still, Miller seems to be giving sizable consideration to the idea of forgoing his senior season.
Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier was considered almost a lock to enter the 2014 draft until earlier this month when he said he was actually leaning towards staying in school.
Shazier submitted paperwork to the NFL advisory board to see where he is projected to be selected, and said Monday that the board gave him a second-round grade.
He leads the Big Ten in tackles and tackles for loss, and was projected by many as a first-round pick.
Shazier said he's still undecided.
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