Texas A&M's Von Miller moving up

February, 27, 2011
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INDIANAPOLIS -- At the start of this draft process, it appeared Texas A&M's Von Miller would be picked in the middle of the first round.

An ankle injury limited the DeSoto native's ability to make more plays his senior year.

The junior year is where Miller excelled as he led the nation with 17 sacks and was fifth in tackles for loss at 1.65 per game but the senior season is where there was a drop off. But at the Senior Bowl, Miller emerged as a solid player who moved up the ranks.

"Honestly, I haven’t even noticed it," he said. "I’ve just been taking it day-by-day, one day at a time. That’s for all the fans and stuff, that’s for my mom and 'nem. I just take it day by day and trying to maximize my days and come April, see where I end up."

Miller is now a possible top-five pick and has showed teams he can play as an defensive end or outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.

"It’s a great time to be a linebacker," Miller said. "It’s a great time to be a linebacker every year. I don’t just label myself as an outside 3-4 linebacker. I want to be the best defensive player in this year’s draft. That may be in a 3-4, a 4-3, a 5-2, I just want to play football and get on the field."

The Cowboys are interested in Miller but didn't speak with him at the combine. He most likely talk with team officials in a few weeks at Valley Ranch when NFL teams are allowed to bring in prospective draft picks to their facilities.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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