Friday, April 29, 2011
Putting a bow on Day 1
By Bill Williamson
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Wrapping up the first night of the NFL draft.
Denver's No. 2 pick, Von Miller, was the only rookie on the 10-player plaintiff list that used the NFL to start the lockout. Thursday night, Miller gave NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a hearty hug after he was drafted. Miller said he has nothing personal against Goodell.
Denver coach John Fox said Miller was No. 1 on the team’s draft board.
The Broncos’ second- and third-round picks will be introduced to the media Saturday. They will wear No. 11 jerseys to symbolize the year they were picked. No one wore that number in Denver last year after injured receiver Kenny McKinley committed suicide early in the season. The team talked to McKinley’s family about it and the family is on board with the idea.
Denver has not drafted a defensive tackle since 1997 when it took Trevor Pryce at No. 28.
Check out Jeffri Chadida’s pre-draft column on Miller. He’s a high-character kid.
Fox said the team did not receive any calls to move down from No. 2. The No. 2 pick hasn’t been traded since 2000. Fox did say he expects to get many calls about the No. 36 pick.
Fox said he is thrilled to get the veteran players back in the building Friday.
Fox said defensive end Jason Hunter’s stab wounds should not affect his ability to play in 2011. He was reportedly stabbed in the shoulder Wednesday.
San Diego No. 1 pick, Corey Liuget, will play defensive end in the 3-4 defense.