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Dax Milne: 2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview Series

  • The Draft Network
  • April 10, 2021
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We all can agree that former BYU quarterback Zach Wilson is one of the best and most exciting passers in this draft class. While watching Wilson electrify on tape, there was one wide receiver that was constantly on the other end of his jaw-dropping plays: Dax Milne.

If your favorite NFL team is looking for a well-rounded pass-catching prospect who can do it all while playing both inside and outside, Milne is up for the challenge.

Milne is a complete pass-catcher who became the top target for the Cougars in 2020. He recently spoke with The Draft Network about the chemistry he formed with Wilson in 2020, his favorite route to run, and what kind of player he’ll be at the next level.

JM: You won two state titles in basketball in high school. You were a great basketball player growing up. How did the skills you learned on the court translate over to football?

DM: I was fortunate enough to win a couple of state titles in basketball. In terms of the translation over to football, there are some physical aspects that definitely translate. Working on being a great defender in basketball certainly helps with your quickness. It takes a lot to be a smart player and it takes a lot to be a starting point guard and command the court. You’re the leader of the offense. As the point guard, guys come up to you and ask questions. All of that stuff translates over to football. It gave me the confidence to become a big-time leader on the field as well.

JM: You walked on at BYU and eventually earned a scholarship. I love a good success story.

DM: I only had two local FCS offers and three or four preferred walk-on offers coming out of high school. Some of those walk-on offers came from big schools in the Utah area. I ultimately chose to go with BYU because I had a tremendous amount of respect for the coaching staff. I really trusted the vision they had for me. They laid out the opportunities that I would receive at BYU. They told me that I would earn a scholarship if I worked hard and competed every day and that’s exactly what ended up happening.

My freshman year, I made sure to make a lot of noise going into that fall camp. I tried to make it so the coaches couldn’t keep me off the field. I ended up playing a good amount of football during my freshman year. It was a special moment when my head coach and position coach walked up to me and told me that they were putting me on a scholarship. I’ll never forget it.

JM: What an inspiring story that is. You’ve been preparing for this process by training at Sanford POWER in Irvine, California, with Eric Renaghan. You’re running through receiver drills with former NFL receiver Ricky Proehl who played for 17 years in the league. It sounds like you have some terrific people in your corner.

DM: Working with those guys has been great. Coach Eric [Renaghan] and his staff know what they’re doing. They know how to get our bodies right. I’ve enjoyed working with all of those guys. I feel like I’ve gotten faster and stronger out here.

With Ricky Proehl, I’m just blessed to be working with somebody that played in the league for 17 years. I’m trying to be a sponge. I’m soaking up every bit of knowledge he has to offer. I really respect him and what he’s teaching me right now.

JM: That’s the right thing to do. What can you tell me about the scheme BYU ran on offense? What did your coaches ask of you within the structure of their offense?

DM: I really enjoyed the scheme we ran this past season. I was a big fan of how our coaches called the plays. We were very aggressive. We kept the defense on their toes. During my freshman and sophomore seasons, the structure of the offense was the same, but we were a lot more conservative. I think that hurt us a little bit. This past season was a lot of fun. We took a lot of shots downfield. Zach and I really connected. The entire offense wanted to attack defenses on a weekly basis.

JM: Tell me about the chemistry you had with Zach Wilson. You made a lot of big plays for him.

DM: Zach is so talented. I don’t even know what to say (laughs). His ability to make plays with his arm and with his legs, it’s truly unbelievable. We were able to develop a lot of chemistry in practice. We used to meet up on our own time and just go to work. We spent a lot of time together. When it came time for a game, it became easy for us to connect because our chemistry was so natural. We did it so much in practice that it became easy to hook up during a game.

JM: One of the reasons that I thought you and Zach had such great chemistry was because you’re such a good route runner. You consistently get open and create separation on tape. Do you have a favorite route to run?

DM: I appreciate you for saying that because I definitely hang my hat on being a great route runner. I’ve tried to be the best route runner I can be ever since I started playing receiver. My favorite route to run is a post corner. I love the post corner. It gets the corner every time (laughs).

JM: I love that. You spent a lot of time playing in the slot. What do you enjoy about that?

DM: I played a ton of snaps in the slot throughout my career. I enjoy playing both inside and outside though. They’re very different. What I love about playing on the inside is that there’s so much you can do and adjust based on how the defense sets up. There are a lot of post-snap reads available to you there. If you’re confident and have a high football IQ, you can make those reads and take advantage of what the defense is giving you. It allows guys like me to really excel at the position. I love playing both inside and outside. The inside is a lot of fun. What’s fun about the outside is that Zach and I went deep a lot. We could dial up anything we wanted. We were going to connect either way.

JM: It was evident on tape. We’ve now reached the virtual part of the draft. How’s that process going for you, and which teams have you met with so far?

DM: It’s been going well for me. The interviews are quite detailed, as they should be. Teams wanna make sure they’re getting the right guys. I’ve met with roughly eight to ten teams so far. I can’t remember them all, but I’ve met with the Patriots, Bills, Washington, 49ers, Broncos, Colts, Chargers, Jaguars, and Seahawks. My meetings are going well. Teams like that I can play both inside and outside. They see me as a tough, reliable receiver.

JM: There’s clearly a lot of interest in you. This has been great. I’ve really appreciated your time today. In closing, what kind of impact is Dax Milne going to make at the next level?

DM: I plan to make an immediate impact wherever I land. I’m gonna go in and earn the respect of the veterans and the coaches around me. I’m gonna try to make some noise as quickly as possible. I’m going to approach this just how I approached walking-on at BYU. I’m gonna grab my opportunity by the horns and make some plays out there.

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