The Best #58 in the NFL: Von Miller

Von Miller | Denver Broncos | Outside Linebacker

Miller’s ’16 deal made him the highest paid defender ever.

Height: 6’3″ | Weight: 250

Date of Birth: 3/26/1989 (28)

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

College: Texas A&M

Draft: 2011, Round 1, Pick 2

Contract: 6 years, $114.5 million, through 2021

Who else did you expect? Von Miller is arguably the most disruptive edge rusher in the National Football League, and is the cornerstone of a Broncos defense who consistently ranks at the top of the league against the pass.

Miller was the #2 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the highest linebacker taken since LaVar Arrington was drafted at #2 by the Redskins in 2000. Miller made an immediate impact on the Denver defense. Literally. Von forced Raiders’ wide receiver to fumble on the first play of his rookie season. He went on to record 11.5 sacks, force 2 fumbles, and total 64 tackles en route to being named the 2011 NFL Rookie of the Year.

What is perhaps the best game of Von’s career came on the biggest stage. His MVP performance in Super Bowl 50 is one for the ages, as he ravaged the Panther’s offensive line and shut down season MVP Cam Newton. His 2.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles made up for an inept Denver offense, and carried the Broncos to their first Super Bowl since the turn of the century.

Over his six year career, Miller has been phenomenal. Excluding his injury shortened 2009 season, he has had no fewer than 11 sacks in a year. At only 28 years old, he has recorded 73.5 career sacks. That’s more than Lawrence Taylor, Kevin Green, and Michael Strahan in their first six seasons. Just saying.

In 2016, Miller was among the most productive pass rushers in the league, with 79 total pressures and 13.5 sacks, despite slumping during the final four games in the year. Don’t expect anything less for Von in 2017, in fact, I’d say expect more. Something tells me that four game slump in December was a fluke. Miller is a threat to win DPOY every year, and this year is no different.

Awards and Accolades: 

5x Pro Bowl (2011, 2012, 2014 – 2016)
3x First-team All-Pro (2012, 2015, 2016)
2x Second-team All-Pro (2011, 2014)
1x Super Bowl Champion (50)
1x Super Bowl Most Valuable Player (50)
1x NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (2011)
1x NFL All-Rookie Team (2011)

Honorable Mentions: Kwon Alexander, Thomas Davis


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