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Von Miller books a ticket to Denver

4/28/2011

A year ago, Von Miller was projected to be a middle-round pick, even after leading the nation in sacks.

Thursday night, the Denver Broncos made Miller the No. 2 pick in the draft, behind only one player: Heisman winner Cam Newton.

He came back to Texas A&M for last season, and learned how to do plenty more than rush the passer under defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter.

He'll give the Broncos a fearsome defender. Few in the NFL can match his combination of size at 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds and 4.4 speed you'd be more likely to find on a cornerback.

Miller, who donned a Texas A&M hat on Thursday before trading it in for a Broncos cap, has been relentless throughout the process of making sure there was no mistake where he was from.

The Aggies will miss him, but there's no question he's got a bright future that began tonight.

Miller answered a few questions after being selected by the Broncos:

"This is a dream come true. Having my name called for the NFL draft, shaking the commissioner's hand. I feel very blessed and I am thankful to everyone that has helped me get to this day. It was great having my family here, Coach Mike Sherman and guys who have been with me since I started playing football.I am anxious to get started. Guys that know me know I am ready to get to the locker room, get with my teammates, get with my coaches and just keep working to get better."

Do you think you will have some Texas A&M fans in the Denver area?

"One thing I know about Aggie fans, they are loyal. The Aggie network is strong and I look forward to having them yelling for me in Denver. I am very blessed."

What do you know about the Denver fans?

"From what I understand the Denver fans are a lot like Texas A&M fans. They really support their team and players and the fans are loud. We have great fans with the 12th Man at Texas A&M and they really help a player maximize your effort. I imagine that is the same up in Denver."

On playing for Texas A&M Head Coach Mike Sherman

“It was an extreme blessing. My teammates and everybody at Texas A&M, we all had the upper hand having a guy with his expertise and his point of view about how to make it to the NFL and how to be a pro. We ran our team like a pro team, and it was great.”