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2011 Scouting Report: Von Miller 3-4 OLB Texas A & M

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Disclaimer: In order to prevent people from seeing this as I biased report based off of weather I want the guy or not I have used scouting reports from various football sites with links back to their sites for you to read them.  I did not write any of the material other than the title and all of these reports belong to their corresponding authors and websites.

12/27/2010 - 2010 AP ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM: LB-Von Miller, senior, 6-3, 243, Texas A&M, has been selected AP First Team All-American for the 2010 college football season as selected by the Associated Press. - AP Sports

Overview

Miller's role in the A&M defense over the past three years has been fairly simple: he goes after the quarterback on almost every play. The Big 12 sackmaster has been a thorn in the side of passers and offensive linemen since he arrived in College Station, but his breakout 2009 season put him in the national spotlight.

Miller earned All-American honors, leading the nation in sacks in '09 as a junior with 17, forcing four fumbles, broking up five passes; 21.5 of his 48 tackles resulted in lost yardage. This success was not a great surprise, as he earned Freshman All-American accolades in 2007 after making 22 tackles, four for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble as a situational pass rusher. He then earned four starts as a sophomore, playing in all 12 contests after moving to outside linebacker, accumulating 44 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

The highly-touted Texas recruit plays the Jack/Joker position, a defensive end/rush linebacker hybrid spot that almost always sees him stand up at the nine-technique position outside the left or right tackle. With the increased use of the 3-4 base scheme in the NFL, Miller's prowess as a pass rusher (with improvement in his ability to stop the run and handle coverage responsibilities) could earn him a high draft slot - and millions of dollars.

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Read & React: Overall instincts for the position, particularly containment and run responsibility and reaction, are questionable since he is primarily used in a "sic 'em" role. Still getting a feel for coverage, although he reacts quickly if the ball is thrown into the flat. Good feel for pass rush. He sniffs out indecision in the passer and senses weakness in an offensive tackle. Knows when to go for the ball or big hit on the blind side to create turnovers.

Run defense: Improving against the run, but must be more consistent to become an elite all-around player. Plays with more strength than expected; is adequate grounding his hold on the move when engaged but still loses his balance. Willing to lower his shoulder against pulling guards to fill inside gaps. Teams take advantage of his continual edge rushing to get a running lane outside. Overruns plays with aggressive angles and a lack of focus on the ball. Crashes down on plays if he senses an inside run, but lacks the explosive punch to knock back fullback or tackle blocks. Inconsistent chaser on the back side, could increase his tackle production with more effort.

Pass defense: Could excel in this part of the game because of his fluidity and quickness, but is still raw in coverage. Mirrors running backs and tight ends off the line into the flat and downfield. Athletic enough to drop deep, keeps one eye on the running back and the other on the quarterback. Is not aware of receivers behind him, however. Needs to get his hands up into passing lanes more consistently when unable to reach the passer. Must improve his hands for the interception.

Tackling: Strong upper body and closing speed make him an explosive tackler who is tough to elude in the backfield. Loads up on ballcarriers, though sometimes leaving his feet, to force fumbles. Chase effort is mixed, though, will stop four five steps from a play of he thinks his teammate will take care of the play instead of adding himself to the pile. Makes a number of shoe-string tackles when facing elusive runners, gives full effort to bring the man down. Doesn't disengage often enough to make tackles against the run, though he will crash down to close a gap.

Pass Rush/Blitz: Greatest area of strength of this stand-up defensive end. Extremely quick around the corner. Gets skinny to penetrate when shooting the inside gap. Elite closing speed to the quarterback, explodes to drive them into the ground or uses his length to wrap up even the most mobile passers. Dips shoulder to get under the pads of taller tackles, shortening the pocket. Feels cut blocks and uses his hands and quickness to beat them. Good arm-over, spin, and outside-in change-up moves to get his man off-balance after turning the corner on previous plays. Average strength and hand usage to free himself after initial contact. May push man off-balance once getting him moving up the field, but too often stopped after his first move when facing opponents with good lateral movement. Capable of leveraging tackles back into the pocket, but lacks great length or bulk to take on massive NFL tackles.

Intangibles: Maturing as a leader and person throughout his career at A&M. Has no major character or off-field issues. Given one of three team Weightlifter of the Year awards in April 2010 as a reward for his hard work in that area.

2009

A first-team All-America selection by Sporting News and Sports Illustrated … became the first Aggie since Jason Webster in 1999 to earn first-team All-America accolades … a second-team All-America selection by The Associated Press and the Walter Camp Football Foundation and a third-team pick by rivals.com … a unanimous first-team All-Big 12 honoree … leads the nation in sacks (17) and is fifth in tackles for loss (1.75/game) after the regular season … has started all 12 games at the hybrid "jack" position … 21 of 44 tackles in 2009 (48 percent) have been for loss … had 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and two pass breakups against No. 3 Texas (11/26) … matched a career high with three TFLs, picked up two sacks and forced a fumble at Colorado (11/7) … had two sacks and two forced fumbles in win at Texas Tech (10/24) … posted 1.5 sacks and broke up a pass at Kansas State (10/17) … recorded five tackles, one for loss, against Oklahoma State (10/10).

Had four stops and a sack against Arkansas (10/3) … was first Aggie in over 20 years to post three or more sacks in consecutive games (Aaron Wallace, 1988) with a trio in each of the first two games of `09 … sacked UAB QB Joe Webb twice and totaled five tackles in win over Blazers (9/26) … recorded three sacks of Utah State QB Diondre Borel in win over Aggies (9/19) … also forced a fumble in the game … sacked New Mexico QB Donovan Porterie three times for a total loss of 22 yards (9/5), one-half sack shy of his entire total in 2008 (3.5) … finished the game with five tackles, four solo … showing the versatility of his new position, was named a finalist for the Hendricks Award (top defensive end) and a semifinalist for the Butkus Award (top collegiate linebacker).

 

From: CBS Sports

Strengths:

  • Outstanding speed; eliminates space in a hurry
  • Elite first step
  • Very intelligent; knows how to set up an OT
  • Technically sound with footwork
  • Plethora of rush moves
  • Great motor and gives nice second effort
  • Extremely productive junior year
  • Terrific range
  • Fluid athlete and can cover a lot of ground
  • Smooth hips in coverage
  • Can turn and run with running backs/tight ends
  • Stays low and runs with the arc
  • Instinctive with natural feel for the game
  • Tenacious pass rusher
  • Excellent counter moves
  • Smooth transition to 3-4 scheme in NFL
  • Leader with good work ethic
  • Playmaker
  • Still has upside
  • Weaknesses:

  • Very small frame
  • Gets overwhelmed at point of attack
  • Weak versus the run
  • Hand use could improve
  • Needs to add strength
  • Strictly a 3-4 outside linebacker
  • Summary: Von Miller doesn't have the size you look for, but he gets the most out of his abilities and has an extremely high level of athleticism. With the 3-4 scheme in the NFL now, you don't need to be 6-4, 255 pounds to play outside linebacker. All you need is a great first step and elite speed, and Miller brings both to the table. I have a first-round grade on Miller going into the season and I expect him to have a big senior year and end up being a first-round pick.

    Player Comparison: Elvis Dumervil. Dumervil and Miller are both undersized, but they are tremendously athletic and wreak havoc on quarterbacks at the rush linebacker position.

    From: Walter Football.com

    6-3 240lbs Senior

    Stats:

    2007- 22 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble

    2008- 44tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles

    2009- 48 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles

    Pros:

    When offensive coordinators hear the name Von Miller the immediately think “pressure”.  Miller lives in the offensive backfield piling up both sacks and tackles for loss.  He not only tallies sacks he also forces quarterbacks out of the pocket making for uncomfortable passes.  Miller utilizes his excellent speed to get around offensive tackles and make life miserable for quarterbacks.  He has a great knack for anticipating snap counts and getting off the line quickly.  All of these skills and his great intensity make him a very dangerous player.  Miller greatly benefits from the defensive scheme at Texas A&M where he plays the rush outside linebacker position.  Miller is going to be a hot commodity because of his experience in the 3-4 defensive system.  The fact that he is use to dropping into coverage as well as rushing the passer gives him a leg up on other college players.  Recently teams have been attempting to convert college defensive ends into the 3-4 rush OLB but with Miller no conversion will be necessary.

    Cons:

    When watching some film on Miller the first thing I noticed is that he relies too much on his speed rush.  He is going to need to find different pass rushing techniques if he wants to be successful in the NFL.  Offensive coordinators in the NFL are becoming more and more familiar with the 3-4 defense and are developing good game plays for the rush linebackers.  While Miller excels at creating pressure he struggles against the run.  He often over pursues on plays and tries to get around offensive linemen rather than taking them head on.  He needs to be more aggressive and meet linemen in the whole and get off the blocks quicker.  There are also questions about Miller not playing up to better competition.  Some feel that he disappeared in big games against top competition.  He needs to show he can put up these big numbers against the best talent.

    Thoughts:

    Miller currently sits at #30 on our 2011 NFL Draft Big Board.  I think his experience in the 3-4 defense will greatly enhance his draft stock.  He needs to prove to the doubters that last season was not a fluke.  I feel that he will have another good season and continue to produce high sack totals and come draft time he could be one of the hotter names.

    Projected Round:

    Right now I think he is a fringe first round player but with a good season he could really fly up draft boards.  Teams are always looking for rush 3-4 linebackers, don’t be surprised if this time next year we are talking about Miller as a potential rookie of the year candidate.

    From: NFL Mocks

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