Scouting Report: Von Miller
Von Miller is arguably the best pass rusher in the 2011 Draft. Miller led the nation in sacks with 17 during his junior season, yet elected to return to the Aggies for his senior year. With an explosive first step and elite athleticism, Miller will start making his living in the NFL as a pass rush specialist. However, that doesn’t mean he won’t be used on all three downs. His senior season allowed him to officially make a switch to outside linebacker, giving him the opportunity to drop into coverage more often. Smart and dedicated, he’ll make any NFL team happy as a terror off the edge, and will more than likely blossom into a very well rounded 3-4 OLB.
Miller’s speed can get the better of him. He has a tendency to get upfield too quickly and can’t react in time to draw plays. Miller can take poor pursuit angles at time, but his speed usually makes up for it. Overall, he’s instinctive and flows to the ball very well, using his hands to get through traffic. Miller has had a knack for coming up big in short yardage situations, remaining stout at the point of attack for someone that is usually out-matched from a weight perspective.
Still a developing part of Miller’s game. He has fluid hips and changes directions well but he has a hard time with quicker/shifty backs in coverage. Athleticism and work ethic will help his coverage abilities develop and more than likely, teams will rarely put him in coverage and will use his ability to get to the quarterback instead….at least at first. Miller is relentless and never gives up on the play. Timing is solid and knows how to get his hand in and break up the pass or grab the ball at it’s highest point. Miller’s body control is very apparent while in coverage.
By far, this is Miller’s strongest area. Miller does an excellent job of using his hands to keep the blocker off of him. His athleticism and quickness gets him around the corner and he has the ability to maintain speed while his body is at extreme angles. He needs to further develop his pass rush moves and avoid being a ‘one-trick pony.’ Miller’s closing speed is superb and once he turns the corner, he gets to the ball in a flash. Ultra-high motor.
Strong tackler with a solid pop, Miller has had his share of violent hits. Does a nice job wrapping up and keeping form. Relentless in his pursuit, not only can he make tackles from any angle, he also has the ability desire to strip the football when tackling.
Miller can usually sniff out screens when pass rushing and does a nice job keeping his head up. His linebacker instincts are still developing as much of his time at Texas A&M was at a hybrid position or at defensive end. Does a nice job setting the edge on plays when he sees flow coming his way. Tremendous instincts in short yardage situations.
Overall, a very fluid athlete. Miller can flip his hips and run in coverage. Flows to the ball well. Change of direction and body control are well above average to elite for the position.
Suffered an ankle injury at the start of his senior season that had many questioning whether he was a one year wonder. However, bounced back and finished the season strong. High character player with no off-field concerns. Could have opted out of the Senior Bowl as he was already a first round lock. However, Miller showed that he’s a competitor and dominated all week in Mobile.
Began starting during his sophomore season for the Aggies and started in every game his final two seasons. Miller led the nation in sacks with 17 during his junior season and even with an ankle injury at the start of his senior season, he still finished with 11 sacks for the year.
University studies major with a concentration in agriculture and life sciences.
Awards & Honors
2010: Butkus Award winner. 1st Team All-American. 1st Team All-Big 12.
2009: 1st Team All-American (Sporting News and Sports Illustrated). 2nd Team All-American (AP). 1st Team All-Big 12. Finalist for Hendricks Award. Semifinalist for Butkus Award.
2007: Freshman All-Big 12.
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