Posted Mon Apr 25th by Jon Heath
The 2011 NFL Draft is quickly approaching and unless they trade down, the Denver Broncos will be selecting second overall. We have been counting down our top seven prospects for the Broncos to select with their first pick.
Number three: Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller. A 6-3 foot, 246 pound tenacious pass rusher, Miller is considered the top linebacker prospect in this year’s draft.
During his junior and senior seasons, Miller piled up over 100 tackles, 28 sacks and an interception. In 2010, Miller was named the Butkus Award winner as the nation’s top linebacker.
A 22-year old prospect, Miller was one of the top performers at the NFL’s annual scouting combine earlier this year. Miller ran a 4.53 timed forty-yard dash, jumped 37 inches vertically and did 21 bench press repetitions. He is projected to be a top-ten selection on Thursday.
My opinion: A pass rushing linebacker is not necessarily a position the Broncos are in need of, and Miller played in a 3-4 defense during his collegiate career. However, Miller is athletic enough and talented enough to play either as a 4-3 defensive end or outside linebacker.
He does lack some size that a team would ideally like to see in an every-down linebacker, and he may not be ready to contribute on 1st and 2nd down right away in the pros. In the end, he is a strong, determined linebacker that should succeed wherever he lands.
Likelihood of him being selected second overall: Slightly high. The Broncos have praised Miller from his head to his toes and some youth in Denver’s linebacking corps would be a nice addition. If Dareus goes first overall, the Broncos may go with Miller, but it’s hard to predict if they would choose him over tomorrow’s highlighted prospect.