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Von Miller's development will be critical to the Broncos future success.
Denver was the NFL's 32nd ranked defense last year. There was no one who gave up as many yards or as many points as the Broncos did in 2010. With that in mind, Elway went into the draft knowing that fixing the defense was a top priority in turning this team around.
Enter Von Miller: Manimal.
Von's dominating physical presence made it almost impossible for the Broncos NOT to select him as the No. 2 overall pick. Miller was last year's Butkus award winner and posted blazing 4.4 speed at the NFL Combine.
Miller's upside is undeniable, his unique versatility will actually make the Broncos transition from the 3-4 to the 4-3 easier because he'll be able to shift from an OLB on first and second down to a DE when the Broncos bring in their Nickel formations.
A physical edge rusher, he recorded 17 sacks in 2009, and should be playing opposite of the NFL's 2009 sack leader, Elvis Dumervil (who also recorded 17 in '09) for the foreseeable future.
And in that foreseeable future, it's not all too unlikely that you'll start making comparisons to the player Miller decided to honor with his jersey number selection: Derrick Thomas, No. 58.