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.