The 2011 NFL Draft is less then 24 hours away, and the Denver Broncos hold the second overall selection. The team would like to trade down, but the likelihood of that happening is low.
So, the team has narrowed in on four prospects to take at No. 2. Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (who seemingly is the most likely pick for Denver - if he is available), Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley, LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson and Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller are the select four the team has zeroed in on.
According to a source close to the situation, Miller has emerged as the favorite among the Broncos brass. One of the top prospects in the draft, some question whether Miller would be a good pick for the Broncos because he played in a 3-4 defense during his collegiate career and Denver will be running a 4-3 defense.
However, his college defensive scheme has been way over analysed. Miller is a freak athlete and is capable of making a successful switch to defensive end in the Broncos defense. Miller was named the Butkus Award winner as the nation’s top linebacker in 2010 and was one of the top performers at the Annual NFL Scouting Combine earlier this year.
If the Broncos do select Miller, they will ask him to gain some strength and weight so he'll be able to better contribute on defense against the run. He has proved he can get to the quarterback (he totaled 28 combined sacks during his junior and senior seasons) he just needs to bulk up if he is going to play defensive end and contribute against the run.
We'll have full coverage of the Broncos Draft starting tomorrow when Carolina is on the clock. There will also be a Live Draft Chat on the blog, stay tuned - this is going to get interesting!