THE ROAD TO THE DRAFT
Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M
6-foot-3, 246 pounds
Draft projection: Top 10 pick.
Lowdown: Miller won the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker after a senior season in which he had 10.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss in 13 games. As a junior, he led the nation with 17 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss in 13 games. Miller was slowed a bit for at least the first half of 2010 by an ankle injury suffered in the opener. His first sack this year came in Week Five. He played defensive end as a junior but converted to outside linebacker as a senior. He has the ability to “defy gravity” and get under offensive tackles while making a speed move around the edge. He was timed at a fast 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine. He was a team captain. He’s a valid consideration for Buffalo at No. 3 if the Bills don’t pick a quarterback.
Asked what he will bring to an NFL team, Miller said: “First and foremost, I’m going to be a great teammate. I’m a team guy. That’s how I play football. That’s how we were able to win the games that we won at Texas A&M. We didn’t have all the talent in the world, but we had a great team. We had great chemistry in the locker room. I’ll be a rookie, whatever those guys want me to do, I’ll be happy to do it. Just find me way, find my role. Whatever it takes to get on the field, that’s what I’ll do.”
Said NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock on Miller: "He's a prototype 3-4 rush linebacker. He's got an amazing ability to not only get off the ball, but also to bend his body to twist and turn and flatten the corner to get to the quarterback."