With the second pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos selected Texas A&M outside linebacker Von Miller.
I am a bit surprised by this pick. Von Miller played 3-4 outside linebacker and was projected to play the same position in the NFL. With Denver, Miller, the highly touted Aggie, will likely play 4-3 weakside linebacker. I can't imagine him playing anything else. What adds to the surprise is that new Broncos head coach John Fox has a history of building from the lines back, so I did expect Marcell Dareus to be the pick.
Is Miller a playmaker? Yes. Is he able to rush the passer and drop into coverage? Yes. Is Denver getting someone who can make an impact? Maybe not as much as he would in the 3-4, but Miller is the best linebacker in the draft. Houston Texans fans know how fast a rookie linebacker can make an impact. It's a surprising pick, but Von Miller should make Denver fans happy.