In the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears traded draft picks with the New England Patriots to move up and get Anthony Miller. While he may not be the best rookie we took, he’s my favorite so far.

Roquan Smith is gonna be a stud, don’t get me wrong. And I’m all about “defense wins championships”. On top of that, my two favorite players ever (Butkus and Urlacher) are MLBs. So naturally I assumed Roquan would be my favorite. But as I’ve read about Miller, something about him just makes him likable. In college, Miller set school records at Memphis for most career receptions and receiving yards, most career receiving TDs, most single-season receiving TDs (which he ended up breaking again), and owns a shared record for single-game receiving touchdowns. He totaled 238 receptions, 3,590 yards, and 47 TDs in 3 years. Miller was thought by many to be the best receiver in the draft, and Chicago is lucky he fell to 51.

But outside of the records and stats, Miller has heart. He expresses this in his letter to NFL GMs he wrote before the draft. Miller worked hard to get where he was at, he claims himself he “never had the luxury of getting by on athleticism or potential”. Even after graduating from Christian Brothers High School as their all time leader in receiving yards, he didn’t get a single scholarship offer. He claims each school had two reasons he was rejected: Too small and too slow. He walked on at Memphis, which he chose because his father played there. His father put him through drills starting at the age of five, which shows he’s been working for this his entire life. Miller shows true underdog qualities with the talent of a superstar, which makes him my favorite player in this draft class. Miller will be a stud opposite Allen Robinson and will hopefully be a target for Mitch Trubisky for years to come.

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