2011 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 1, Pick 2

ARLINGTON TX - JANUARY 07: Jordan Jefferson #9 of the Louisiana State University Tigers throws under pressure from Von Miller #40 of the Texas A&M Aggies during the AT&T Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 7 2011 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Our annual 2011 NFL Mock Draft, with picks made by each of SB Nation's NFL team bloggers, is in full swing. The latest pick in to the podium: the Denver Broncos, at No. 2 overall.

With the second overall pick in the 2011 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, the Denver Broncos select Von Miller, linebacker, Texas A&M.

John Bena of MileHighReport.com explains the choice, and our own Dan Kadar reacts to it, after the jump. Make sure you're grading this pick for the Broncos, and checking out Mile High Report for all of your Broncos needs.

John Bena explains: This pick could have easily gone three or four different ways - especially with the Panthers taking a quarterback at No. 1. The most likely avenue now for the Broncos would be to put the pick up for grabs, looking for a team like Arizona or San Francisco to move up. That would allow the Broncos to acquire more picks and be in a position to get one of the top-end defenders.

All that said, there are no trades in this mock draft, so I am left to make the pick myself. Marcell Dareus is a strong possibility here, but I feel the Broncos could address the DT position with one or both of their second-round picks. The draft is deep at DT, and the Broncos can take advantage of that. Patrick Peterson is an option as well, though I think the NFL rules changes on kickoffs may hurt his value a bit – at least in the short term.

For me, that left Von Miller. Linebacker is another huge position of need for the Broncos, and a position synonymous with Broncos football. I wanted the Broncos to get Rolando McClain in 2010, but the Raiders were able to grab him first. This year, the Broncos can get that impact linebacker and should take advantage of the opportunity. Miller would instantly inject athleticism onto a team that needs it, and with the Broncos going back to the 4-3 defense, they have need at the position. A group of D.J. Williams, Miller and Mario Haggan (or Wesley Woodyard) would be an upgrade - especially with Elvis Dumervil and Robert Ayers moving back to defensive end.

There were plenty of ways the Broncos can go, and they could do a lot worse than Von Miller at No. 2.

Dan Kadar reacts: No one, as far as I can tell, is projecting this pick. Everyone is under the impression, and for good reason, that Dareus is going to be the selection. However, the draft typically proves that none of us really know exactly what will happen.

With that in mind, the reasoning for picking Miller is sound. After coming from a rush linebacker/defensive end position, he may not make an immediate all-around impact in a 4-3 scheme. He may start out as a situational player, and that might not be the best usage of the second overall pick. Dareus, though, would fit right into Denver's defense and can easily play three downs. While there is depth at defensive line this year, none of that depth possesses Dareus' talent. [Von Miller Scouting Report]

With that, the Buffalo Bills - and our friends at Buffalo Rumblings - are now on the clock.

Mocking the Draft's Top 5 Remaining Prospects

OVR Name Pos. College Report
1 A.J. Green WR Georgia scouting report
2 Patrick Peterson CB LSU scouting report
3 Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson scouting report
4 Nick Fairley DT Auburn scouting report
5 Julio Jones WR Alabama scouting report

 

2011 SB Nation NFL Writers' Mock Draft - RESULTS

Rd. No. Team Player Pos. College Link
1 1 Carolina Panthers Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri story
2 Denver Broncos Von Miller OLB Texas A&M
3 Buffalo Bills
4 Cincinnati Bengals
5 Arizona Cardinals
6 Cleveland Browns
7 San Francisco 49ers
8 Tennessee Titans
9 Dallas Cowboys
10 Washington Redskins
11 Houston Texans
12 Minnesota Vikings
13 Detroit Lions
14 St. Louis Rams
15 Miami Dolphins
16 Jacksonville Jaguars
17 New England Patriots
18 San Diego Chargers
19 New York Giants
20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
21 Kansas City Chiefs
22 Indianapolis Colts
23 Philadelphia Eagles
24 New Orleans Saints
25 Seattle Seahawks
26 Baltimore Ravens
27 Atlanta Falcons
28 New England Patriots
29 Chicago Bears
30 New York Jets
31 Pittsburgh Steelers
32 Green Bay Packers
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