McShay's mock draft high on Von Miller


There's plenty of disagreement on exactly when Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller and Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert will be drafted, but one thing looks certain: both will hear their names called very early in April's NFL Draft.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper has Gabbert as his No. 1 pick, as does NFL analyst Adam Schefter.

Draft analyst Todd McShay, however, had Miller going first in the Big 12, at No. 2 to the Denver Broncos, who recently conducted a private workout with Miller.

McShay writes:

"...if it comes down to a choice between [LSU cornerback Patrick] Peterson and Miller, I would choose the pass rusher (a greater need for Denver) with an identical grade. Miller can provide an immediate upgrade at SLB and he also would team up with a healthy Elvis Dumervil to help resurrect a pass rush that had a league-low 23 sacks in 2010."

You'll have to have Insider access to read McShay's full thoughts on Miller and the rest of the Big 12's prospects,Insider but here's where he has them in his fourth mock draft.

No. 3: Buffalo Bills -- Gabbert, QB, Missouri

Gabbert has a higher ceiling than current Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, and with his football intelligence, accuracy, size, arm strength and mobility Gabbert has all the tools to become a very good starter in the NFL.

No. 16: Jacksonville Jaguars -- Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri

Smith is a developmental prospect with excellent pass rushing potential who could provide production on passing downs as a rookie while being groomed to become Aaron Kampman's replacement.

No. 30: New York Jets -- Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor

Taylor is a former Penn State transfer with some character baggage but he has done some maturing in the past year, and you simply don't find many 330-pounders who can move the way he does.

McShay offers a look at the second round, too.