#4-Anthony Miller (WR, Second Round, No. 59)
If these rookie rankings were about grit, swag, and smack-talking ability, Anthony Miller would undoubtedly be at the top of this list.
When Ryan Pace traded back into the second round, some anticipated he’d take a receiver and Anthony Miller was indeed the selection. Slightly undersized, doesn’t possess elite speed, and a little bit of an injury history doesn’t sound like a prospect you’d trade up to acquire, but Miller is the exception.
In 15 games, Miller totaled 33 receptions for 423 yards and seven scores. The stats may not be overwhelming but it’s a solid foundation to build off and those numbers don’t tell the full story of what Anthony brings to this organization.
He’s explosive with the ball in his hands, making defenders miss with ease. Miller also has taken on some kick returning duties, emphasizing his versatility. His feistiness is unmatched, his energy is always high, and the man was caught on camera trying to get his shoulder popped back into place while in the tunnel. That’s grit.
While Miller will have to continue to develop his route tree and chemistry with quarterback Mitch Trubisky, expect Anthony to make big plays for seasons to come.