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Von Miller Drafted By The Denver Broncos: Pass-Rusher Brings Plenty Of Talent

The Denver Broncos drafted Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller with the No. 2 overall pick. While the Broncos had also looked at Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley and LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, Von Miller appears to have been the choice because of his pass-rushing abilities, perhaps the best available in the draft.

Miller is 6-foot-3, 246 pounds and won the Butkus Award in 2010 for the top linebacker in college football. He led the nation in 2009 with 17 sacks and followed up in 2010 with 10.5. So Miller is a dynamic sack artist who is able to run a 4.53 40-yard dash. As a junior, he played a hybrid position, switching between defensive end and linebacker. He was a 3-4 linebacker in 2010.

He doesn't easily fit either position in the NFL, though John Fox has mentioned in the past that his defense, while a base 4-3, will use some 3-4 looks.

The Broncos do not have any more selections in the first round (barring an unforeseen trade) and will have the fourth pick in the second round on Thursday, as well as the 14th. They will select third in the third round.

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