As teams go through the evaluation process of Von Miller, they’re looking for more Clay Matthews and less Vernon Gholston. Miller is the consensus top linebacker available after a healthy body of work at Texas A&M, and was the No. 2 player overall on Mike Mayock’s recently unveiled draft board.
Playing the comparison game, Mayock has compared Miller to a smaller version of DeMarcus Ware, and analyst Michael Lombardi believes it’s fair to compare Miller to Matthews.
“Absolutely. What separates Miller from a lot of players is the impact he’ll have the minute he steps into the NFL because of his ability to rush,” Lombardi said. “Whether it’s from a two-point stance in a 3-4 defense, or I’ve talked to some teams who see him and they’ll just play him down (in a three-point stance off the line) because he’s so impactful rushing the passer. He’s got a great ability to burst off blocks, he can accelerate like Matthews can, and he can tackle.”
Where there is less of a consensus is exactly where Miller will ultimately land. Pat Kirwan sees Miller as the seventh overall pick by the 49ers, Steve Wyche has him going to the Cardinals at No. 5, Charles Davis sees the Redskins taking him at No. 10 overall and Bucky Brooks has him off the board to the Bills at No. 3.
So, basically, a lot of teams could use Miller, and it’s anyone’s guess.