Future NFL Stars Show Skills in Virtual Reality
College football players dream of playing in the NFL and of course, when they get to the NFL, being an awesome player.
Braxton Miller is one of those players that’s not only now hoping to get to the NFL, but he’s hoping he can play very well in the NFL and even change positions. The once Quarterback at Ohio State made some pretty amazing one handed catches in a 360-degree virtual reality clip recently. Miller said, “I want to make sure I’m on top of my technique on the receiver side of things and taking care of this ‘machine’.
The virtual reality video Miller was part of a video with four (including him) players that will be in the NFL soon. The video was shown at the NFL’s Draft Town exhibit. Thousands upon thousands of people visited Chicago where the draft was held and a lot of those people watched the four videos showing Braxton and three other players in virtual reality. The videos also included behind the scenes footage showing how the players train to play in the NFL.
Each of the videos is one minute long and they were developed by STRIVR Labs, a company that in the past worked on a virtual reality video with the New England Patriots. The NFL Draft prospects were shown catching passes, going through drills, tacking dummies, working out in the gym and more. Viewers are able to see all angles through virtual reality.
The other players in the videos are Shaq Lawson, a defensive end who is most likely going to be in the NFL, Paxton Lynch, a quarterback and Jaylon Smith, a linebacker. The cameras show Lawson getting ready for the NFL Draft Combine. Lawson (the former star at Clemson), said, “That’s my motivation to get up every day to be the best at what I do and continue to grind out to get what I want.”
Smith said, “Dealing with a severe injury, there’s a lot of adversity. How I overcome this is to work my butt off each and every day.”
Lynch said, “I think about me playing in the front yard and how much I wanted it,” he said. “As long as you keep working hard and taking care of your business, you will have a chance to shine.”