1. Von Miller, Linebacker, Texas A&M
2011 NFL Draft: 1st round, 2nd overall
Forget about the 2010s, Von Miller is the best draft pick in Denver Broncos history.
For all of you who didn’t know this — John Elway was drafted initially by the Colts, not the Broncos.
Miller has been a transcendental player in the NFL, setting the standard for rushing the passer over the last decade and becoming one of a very short list of players whose impact on the game is so great it trumped the thought that only teams with great QB play win the Super Bowl.
The Broncos had fewer than 200 yards of offense in their 24-10 Super Bowl 50 win over the Carolina Panthers, in which Von Miller was the game MVP.
Miller, who is only 31 this season, is already the Broncos’ all-time sack leader with 106. His 216 recorded QB hits are tops in the franchise by over 100. He is the team’s all-time leader in fumbles forced with 26, and the team’s all-time leader in tackles for loss with 135.
Miller has been selected to the Pro Bowl eight times and the NFL All-Pro team three times.
He was the 2011 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and crazy enough has never been named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year despite multiple years of strong candidacy.
Miller’s game has evolved over the years and he’s been more than just a speed rusher off the edge. He has been a dominant defensive playmaker and is one of the best and smartest players in the game.
He will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer one day.