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Dax Milne 2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Name: Dax Milne
Weight: 193 lbs
Overall Rank: No. 163
Position Rank: WR24
Strengths: Dax Milne is coming out at the right time as his stock won’t ever be higher than it is right now. He was Zach Wilson’s go-to receiver in 2020 and with the BYU signal caller slated to likely go to the New York Jets at second overall, Milne has been seen on tape plenty of times by all teams. He excels late in the play with an uncanny ability to work off-script and present opportunities for completions. Milne is highly competitive and thrives in big situations, often coming up with chain-moving catches. He’s a solid route runner that can utilize different releases at the line of scrimmage to work cleanly into his route stem. Milne’s hands are solid and he isn’t labored when attacking throws outside of his frame.
Weaknesses: NFL teams will have a difficult time evaluating Milne and determining what exactly makes him so effective. There’s no doubt that he is buoyed by Wilson’s ability to pull off some magic in the pocket and showcase his arm. Wilson, similarly, may have been buoyed by a BYU line that was flat-out dominant. The question is identifying who or what was the catalyst for the sudden success. Milne has average-at-best athleticism and underwhelming overall play speed. He won’t routinely win on the boundary in the NFL and will have to make his money as a slot receiver and core special-teamer. If he does move into the slot long-term, he needs to improve his overall play strength and contact balance as re-routes are sure to happen over the middle of the field.
What I Love: Milne is ultra-competitive and doesn’t quit on any play, which has led to plenty of completions late in the down. Quarterbacks that get out of the pocket will appreciate that Milne has a knack for getting open late.
NFL Comparison: Chris Moore
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Big Plays: ++