Von Miller has been making the rounds this week visiting with teams that may choose to take him in the upcoming NFL Draft. One of his recent trips was to Buffalo, and according to reports, he impressed the Bills, who hold the No. 3 overall pick in the draft.
Chris Brown of Inside The Bills Blog has some quotes from Bills coach Chan Gailey on Miller, and they certainly sound glowing.
“It’d be interesting to see if we ended up with a guy like that,” Gailey said. ”He’s a great pass rusher, so when you get to nickel situations you want to make sure he’s rushing the passer. Then you have to decide if you want to put him on the end of the line in a 3-4 or do you want to stack him behind the line even though he hasn’t had a lot of experience like that. If you can cover a guy up that has that kind of speed and quickness you can just let him run to the football. There are a couple of different ways to use a guy like that to help your defense.”
According to our Buffalo Bills blog Buffalo Rumblings, Peter King is now calling Miller the odds on favorite to be picked by the Bills in the first round. They also have a quote from GM Buddy Nix who had a very confusing comparison for Miller.
"I went out to Texas A&M early in the year and looked at Von Miller, and it's kind of like a hot horse, you know, it doesn't take long to look at it, because he's a really talented guy, and makes plays, and understands the game," Nix said. "He'll be an impact player if he stays healthy in the NFL."
ESPN's Mel Kiper also thinks that Miller would be an excellent fit for the Browns because of how poorly former first round pick Aaron Maybin has played at the same position.
"They thought he would be that attacker off the edge," Kiper said of Maybin. "Now you've got to get that player in that 3-4 scheme. Von Miller led the nation in sacks two years ago. An ankle injury early on this year prevented that from happening [again]."
While Miller was playing for Gailey at the Senior Bowl, the possibility of playing for him and Bills came up. Miller offered the typically well-coached response you might expect.
"It would be a true blessing to go play for the Bills, but whatever team picks me up, I'll be happy to play for them," Miller said.
It's hard to know if all of this is going to come to fruition, but there certainly seems to be a lot of smoke surrounding Von Miller going to the Bills at No. 3 overall. We'll have to wait until Draft day to see if there is any fire.