Scott Miller was stuck in limbo.
After four productive seasons at wide receiver for Bowling Green, the Barrington graduate started to get antsy on the third day of the NFL draft. Miller wasn’t invited to the NFL combine, but after catching 71 passes for 1,148 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior and finishing the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds at his pro day, he expected to be drafted.
Miller watched the draft with his family and close friends. When the sixth round began with his name still on the board, Miller wanted a break.
“Everything was up in the air,” Miller said. “I thought I was a day three guy. We thought maybe the fourth or fifth round based on conversations.
“When wide receivers started flying off the board, I started getting frustrated. It had been such a long day. I was sitting there for four hours. I thought at that point I wasn’t going to be drafted and would be going the free agent route.”
Soon enough, Miller’s phone rang with a number from the Tampa Bay area. Miller was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the sixth round with the 208th overall pick.
“I was just sitting there and my phone rang, and it was the general manager of the Buccaneers. And he said, ‘We have a need for speed’ to me,” Miller recalled. “I couldn’t believe it happened. I thought someone was playing a trick on me. It was so crazy. I’ve been overlooked my whole life. To get drafted is so special.”
At 5-foot-11 and 166 pounds, Miller doesn’t check many of the physical boxes that most NFL teams look for in wide receivers. Miller said the Buccaneers did send two coaches to his pro day, but he didn’t hear from them during the draft leading up to his selection.