Saturday, August 4, 2012
By proscoutdan Posted at 7:00 AM
VON MILLER: Texas A&M, 6025 237 4.60. Three-year starter who is a productive 3-4 outside pass rusher. Butkus Award winner in 2010. May be a Will flow type linebacker who plays stacked behind a defensive end, but has a knack and desire to rush the passer. Moved around in the Aggie defense to take advantage of match-ups and alignments to blitz and pressure the quarterback. Has blitzed and pressured the quarterback from an inside stand up position as well as playing up or down in a 3- point stance off the edge. Good balance and body control. Good lateral quickness and reactions. Accelerates to the ball. Good burst after initial contact. Can force a hurry or cause havoc in the backfield. Quick penetrator on the goal line. Outstanding first step quickness and timing to fly up the field. No run responsibility on pass downs. Because of his size he will get tied up on big offensive tackles at times and get bounced around. The defense played a more Pittsburgh Steeler type scheme in 2010, featuring a variety of zone blitzes, pressures, and aggressive play. Miller lined up in the Aggie “Jack” position as a roving linebacker and dropped back in coverage. Demonstrates ability to play over a tight end and get leverage on the block. Locks up at times getting upright looking for the ball instead of defeating the block and getting to the ball. Uses his hands well and gets separation. Good upper body strength. Has a quick first step and gets upfield in a hurry. Shows good pass rush tools and the ability to turn the corner to get to the quarterback. Fluid for the most part in linebacker drills. Lacks sudden change of direction and will struggle in space at times on the perimeter. Has a nose for the football and can run down a back getting outside. Physical hitter with a good burst to the ball. Needs some coverage work as his depth of drop was inconsistent and he did not always take good angles reacting on the throw. Plays like a classic 3-4 outside linebacker as his strengths are what is needed at that position. At his best on the edge rushing the passer. He led the country in 2009 with 17 sacks and had 5 1/2 TFL among his 48 hits. 2010 stats: 68 tackles, 10 1/2 sacks, 17 1/2 TFL, 3 FF, 6 PBU, 1 INT. Edge speed:left 1.90, right 1.88. OSR:1/ 19. First round. (A-34, H-9 1/2, BP-21, SS-4.06).