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NFL Draft 2011: Evaluating Von Miller as the 2nd Overall Pick

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NFL Draft 2011: Evaluating Von Miller as the 2nd Overall Pick
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It's official. As many people have believed, the Denver Broncos chose Von Miller with the second-overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft. A lot of individuals would wonder just what the Broncos have in their choice of Von Miller and just how he would contribute to the team. In answer to that question, Miller is probably one of the top-three defensive picks (along with Peterson and Dareus) that the Broncos could have added to their roster. 

To begin with, Miller is a born pass-rusher, which is something that the Broncos sorely lacked in 2010. With Miller on the roster, and with a healthy Dumervil, the Broncos should see an improvement in the whopping amount of 418 points that they allowed last year. 

Secondly, the statistics of Von Miller back up and speak for themselves. For example, he led the nation in 2009 with 17 QB sacks. Out of his 48 tackles, 21.5 were also for a loss; an astounding rate of 45 percent. 

Thirdly, he was also named a finalist for the Hendricks award, given to the top collegiate defensive end, and a semifinalist for the prestigious Butkus Award, which is given to the top linebacker in the country. Even more impressive is the fact that in 2010, the following year, he was able to actually do even better and win the Butkus award, despite injuries early on in the year.

Finally, there are the character issues of Von Miller to take into consideration as well. Early on in 2008, Miller had a less-than-wise habit of skipping class and was suspended for part of the season as a result. Although he considered transferring, he was urged not to by his father, and instead decided to adopt a more serious attitude about his studies.

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Von Miller (left) with Vincent Jackson during the NFLPA talks---April 6, 2011

He appears to have at least an altruistic mindset today, as he was urged by his agent and by current Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson about becoming more involved in the NFL lockout. After giving it some thought, he decided to go ahead and take part in helping to represent the players in the current NFL collective bargaining dispute as one of the plaintiffs. He called his involvement "a tremendous opportunity."

"Anytime you can help a group of guys like Mr. Brady, Mr. Brees, Mr. Manning and Mr. Vrabel, that’s a tremendous opportunity," Miller said during a telephone interview to Proplayerinsiders.com. Indeed, the fact that Von Miller cared enough to get involved in the anti-trust suit with the NFLPA shows that he has maturity because he was thinking of the other players. 

In conclusion, while I am a bit surprised that the Denver Broncos picked Miller and not Dareus, my personal feeling is that this was a wise pick for the team. The man has "mad skills" and on top of that has a maturity level as well. I think that Broncos fans more than likely will look forward to a lot of productive years from this individual.

 

Further Reading:  http://www.aggieathletics.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/miller_von00.html

http://www.nfllockout.com/2011/03/25/von-miller-on-suing-the-nfl/

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