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2011 NFL Draft Grades: Von Miller Makes Broncos Draft A Winner Already

Round 1 of the NFL Draft finished late on Thursday night, but there are six more rounds over Friday and Saturday before we can start giving out extremely reactionary grades to the 2011 draft classes. But how did the Broncos do with their one selection in the first round?

The Broncos selected Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller with the No. 2 overall pick. John Elway, John Fox and Brian Xanders could have gone a number of routes including defensive tackle (Marcell Dareus) or cornerback (Patrick Peterson), but they went with a dynamic playmaker who found his way to the quarterback 27.5 times for a sack.

Woody Paige of the Denver Post isn't a huge fan, but his fellow writer Mark Kiszla is enthused over the selection. I'll side with SB Nation's Brian Galliford who gave the pick a "B-plus" in his 2011 NFL Draft Grades. It's a slight knockdown because he doesn't have a clearly-defined position in the defense, but it's hard to dent the talent.

But I'll wait three years before making any real grades on this draft.

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