May 4, 2011 4:58 PM by Lee Douglas
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - John Elway thought it was appropriate
that his first draft pick, pass-rusher Von Miller, wanted to wear
No. 58, because his build and his game remind so many people of the late Derrick Thomas of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Coming off their worst season in their 51-year history, the Broncos bypassed Alabama run-stuffer Marcell Dareus to select Miller, the most dynamic pass-rusher in the draft, with the second overall pick.
Elway has called him a once-in-a-decade talent.
Miller led the nation in sacks in 2009 with 17 but decided to return to Texas A&M for his senior season.
He had 10½ sacks as a senior even though a high ankle sprain limited him for the first month of the season.
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