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John Fox talks up Von Miller

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Broncos coach John Fox is singing the praises of Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller, which may mean the Broncos are zeroing in on Miller with the second overall pick in the draft — or may mean the Broncos are sending up a smokescreen.

Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post is banging the drum for the Broncos drafting Miller, and he quotes Fox as offering high praise for the speedy linebacker.

In this league, you have to rush the passer,” Fox said. “[Quarterbacks are] too good just to let them stand there and look over your defense. He has the skill set to play this game, no doubt.”

However, this time of year, when you hear a coach talking up a draft prospect, you have to wonder why he’d tip his hand by talking up the guy he wants to draft. So when Fox talks about Miller as a good choice at No. 2 overall, what that may really mean is that the Broncos plan to take Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus at No. 2 overall.

Dareus is the guy our own Evan Silva has going to the Broncos in his mock draft, and Dareus is the guy almost everyone thinks is going to the Broncos. In fact, on the same day that the Denver Post published Legwold’s story on Fox talking up Miller, Legwold’s Denver Post colleague Lindsay Jones tweeted that she thinks the Broncos will take Dareus.

So while Fox may like Miller, we’ve got a feeling that he likes Dareus even more.

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9 Responses to “John Fox talks up Von Miller”
  1. hanktheking says: Apr 19, 2011 2:15 PM

    Dareus>Miller

  2. vcstriker16 says: Apr 19, 2011 2:19 PM

    Oh well since Evan Silva and “everyone else” has Darius going to Denver, there’s no need for John Fox to talk about any othe prospects.

  3. biggerballz says: Apr 19, 2011 2:24 PM

    or it may mean the broncos are about to litigate

  4. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Apr 19, 2011 2:26 PM

    Why would the Panthers have to put up any smokescreens? The have the first pick for crying out loud.

  5. dead456 says: Apr 19, 2011 2:31 PM

    However, this time of year, when you hear a coach talking up a draft prospect, you have to wonder why he’d tip his hand

    On the 2nd pick??? Who’s he trying to fool?? The Panthers. Usually insightful and well thought out but your off on this one.

  6. rushbacker says: Apr 19, 2011 2:54 PM

    Miller is a fine prospect, but Dareus is simply the right pick for the Broncos.

  7. cromartiesforgottenchild says: Apr 19, 2011 3:26 PM

    “On the 2nd pick??? Who’s he trying to fool?? The Panthers. Usually insightful and well thought out but your off on this one.”

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    The Broncos have stated publicly that they want to move down in the draft to acquire more picks. So why wouldn’t they show interest in a few of these guys in the hopes another team wants to move up and grab them. Pretty basic draft strategy.

  8. forevercorr says: Apr 19, 2011 4:04 PM

    Guys that could get drafted at #2:
    Cam Newton (if the Panthers decline)
    Blaine Gabbert
    Von Miller
    Marcell Dareus
    Patrick Peterson

    Guys the Broncos will draft at #2:
    Marcell Dareus
    I think Von Miller has a SLIM chance if the Panters opt for Dareus, but even then, the Broncos might have more leverage to move down.

  9. broncsfan says: Apr 19, 2011 4:51 PM

    Pains me to say it, but the nice thing about drafting for the Broncos this year is that you can draft only for skill, and you’ll end up simultaneously drafting for need too.

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