Broncos to take linebacker Von Miller at No. 2?

NFL Network’s Kara Henderson is reporting that Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller may have surpassed Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus as the favorite for the Broncos at No. 2 overall.

From Rotoworld:

“What we’re hearing right now,” said Henderson, “(is) the room may be shifting” toward Miller. According to Henderson, the Broncos believe Miller “can be a four-down player,” contributing on all three defensive downs as well as on special teams. Frankly, we’re not buying it. As good as Miller projects to be, he’s not a particularly good scheme fit for Denver’s new 4-3 defense. They also have much bigger needs inside.

Scouts have pointed out that Miller has trouble stacking up in the run game and lacks power to shed blocks. Thus, Rotoworld would be correct in their assessment that Miller wouldn’t be a fit for Denver in a 4-3 alignment. He would arguably be a better fit as a pass rushing outside linebacker in a 3-4.

I’m going to compile my final mock on Thursday morning (I know most of you can’t stand the anticipation, but try to get some sleep tonight…) but I like Dareus to Denver at No. 2 and Miller to Arizona at No. 5. Miller would seemingly be a great fit in the Cardinals’ 3-4 multiple front and they could certainly use a pass-rusher.

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Broncos to take Marcell Dareus?

Alabama Crimson Tide’s Marcell Dareus (R) runs for a touchdown after he intercepted a pass during the second quarter as teammate Kareem Jackson (L) celebrates during play against the Texas Longhorns in the second quarter in the NCAA’s BCS National Championship football game in Pasadena, January 7, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES)

The Denver Post is reporting that the Broncos are leaning towards Alabama DT Marcell Dareus with the No. 2 overall pick.

• The Broncos will draft a dominant defensive tackle — Marcell Dareus is the leader in the clubhouse — or trade the pick if they can get Patrick Peterson or Von Miller several picks later. Perhaps they can persuade the 49ers, at No. 7 (yes), the Titans (8), Washington’s Mike Shanahan (10th; he grabbed Jay Cutler at 11) or the Vikings (12) to trade up with additional draft choices for the Broncos’ pick.

With teams being unable to trade 2012, 2013 and 2014 picks, it’s going to be difficult for the Broncos to move down. They’ll either have to take less value than a team holding the No. 2 pick would, or stay put and take whichever player is on the top of their board. I would imagine that the latter is the more likely scenario.

In my latest mock draft (which I compiled earlier this month), I have the Broncos taking Dareus at No. 2:

No. 2 Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
I had the Broncos taking Da’Quan Bowers with this pick in my second mock, but since then they’ve released Jamal Williams and, in a rather surprising move, Justin Bannan. Those moves open up a huge need at defensive tackle and Dareus’ stock continues to soar. The question is, will the Broncos look to trade this pick knowing that QB-needy teams draft behind them? They may lose the opportunity to take Dareus, but maybe they can trade back and still land Nick Fairley (a nice consolation prize).
Combine Comparisons: Marcus Thomas; Corvey Irvin; Red Bryant.

Report: Da’Quan Bowers failed at least two physicals

Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers’ pre-draft stock continues to take a hit.

One scout told’s Peter King that Bowers “failed at least two physicals that I know of” after having meniscus surgery following the college season. As King points out, three months ago Bowers was a lock to be drafted in the top-5. But if he doesn’t prove to teams that his knee is healthy at his Pro Day on Friday, there’s no telling how far he could fall.

King also had some interesting stuff to say about Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who more and more is being perceived as a “one-year wonder.” Alabama’s Marcell Dareus has already passed Fairley on most team’s draft boards (or at least presumably based on reports), but the real question is how far the former Tiger will fall. Some mock drafts projected Fairley would be taken No. 1 overall by the Panthers before the scouting combine and now it sounds like he’s not even a lock to go in the top-10.

One other tidbit from King: The Bills like Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller and Patrick Peterson “a lot.” King isn’t saying that they’ll take either player, but just that they’re high on both. I think the general consensus is that the Bills will go defense at No. 3 and wait until the middle rounds to address their need at quarterback.

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