We've debated the Big 4- Fairley, Peterson, Bowers, and Green, relentlessly and, lately added at least the notion of Cam Newton making it a quintet. I could make a case for each one of the five- and probably be at least partially content with picking any of them if the draft were held today. But another player has been working his way up the Big Board in my head:
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Texas A & M OLB/DE, Von Miller. At 6'-3", 237 with a sub 4.5 40, Miller is generally considered to be the best pure pass rusher in this draft. The guy is a freak of athletic nature and the only questions about him seem to have been mostly answered when the Senior Bowl showed he was quite adept at dropping into coverage and making plays on the ball. I've seen quite a few mocks lately with Miller going as high as Buffalo at #3. This is no hybrid or tweener player. He's a pure outside linebacker and I could see him taking over as Rey moves inside, leaving MJ93 to play where he belongs on the end. I was kind of on the fence on Von Miller until I read what a student of the game he was- and this quote:
"I had a coach by the name of Joe Kines, and he coached Derrick Thomas back when Derrick Thomas was in college," Miller said. "He told me a long time ago that I play similar to him. And that day, I went and got film. I watched his film, studied his film and watched all of his interviews. The point of view he had on the game is similar to the way I feel. And I can never ever be like Derrick Thomas and I can never play like Derrick Thomas. But he played with a fanatical effort, a relentless effort. And that's what I can do. That's what I try to do - to play with that same attitude."
Just more food for thought here. He seems both humble, intelligent, and driven to be the very beast at whatever he does. I definitely think Von Miller deserves to be included in that abovementioned group. I'd almost equate him to Fairley as being able to come in and make a big impact on this defense. What say you?