Broncos take Von Miller with second pick in 2011 NFL Draft

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Denver Broncos hope that they drafted a stud pass rusher. The team drafted former Texas A&M pass rusher Von Miller with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

This was the first-time that the Broncos drafted a Texas A&M player since 2000. With their third-round draft pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, Denver selected wide receiver Chris Role with the 70th pick.

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In addition, he was also the first linebacker drafted by the Broncos since Spencer Larsen in 2008. Larsen was drafted was the 183th pick.

Miller is projected to be the left inside linebacker for the Broncos. He is expected to compete with D.J. Williams, who was the team’s starter during the 2010 season.

Williams was the team’s first-round draft pick in the 2004 NFL Draft.

He had 119 tackles, including nine tackles for a loss and nine quarterback hits in 16 appearances, including 15 starts in 2010. He also had 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and nine pass deflections.

With the Aggies, Miller split time as a defensive lineman and linebacker. He played four seasons at College Station, Texas.

Miller had 181 tackles, including 50.5 tackles for a loss, and 33.0 sacks in 47 games. He also had one interception, seven fumble recoveries, and five pass deflections.

During his final campaign in 2010, he had 68 tackles, including 17.5 tackles for a loss in 13 games. He also had 10.5 sacks and one interception.

The Broncos hope that Miller can improve the team’s pass rush. Only two players of the starters actually had more than 5.0 sacks on the 2010 season.

Williams led the team with 5.5 sacks, while Mario Haggan was slightly behind with 5.0 sacks.

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