(The Spread) – It would appear as though the Denver Broncos will take a defender with the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft. But who that defender will be has sparked intrigue.
Many draft observers have the Broncos selecting Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus with the No. 2 overall pick. But NFL Network’s Kara Henderson was on site at Broncos headquarters on Wednesday and reported that Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller has surpassed Dareus as the favorite for the No. 2 overall pick.
It’s an interesting report when you consider that Miller isn’t the best fit at outside linebacker in a 4-3, which is what the Broncos will switch to under new head coach John Fox. Scouts believe Miller could have trouble shedding blocks in the run game at the next level and therefore, he would be a better fit as a pass rushing outside linebacker in a 3-4.
In fact, oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com don’t even list Miller as an option for bettors to go No. 2 overall. Granted, it’s important to note that the NFL draft is a crapshoot and just because oddsmakers don’t make a player available at a certain pick for betting purposes, doesn’t mean he won’t be selected there. Still, it’s interesting that Miller was left out of the four candidates for the No. 2 selection.
Dareus is the favorite to be taken with the second overall pick at –250 on the money line. Following those odds is Cam Newton at +200, while LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson is +800 and Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert is +1500. Newton is expected to go No. 1 overall to the Panthers, while Peterson could go anywhere from No. 3 to No. 9 in the top 10. Gabbert is expected to go somewhere in the top 10, although some observers believe he’ll fall into the teens.Twitter and Facebook or Subscribe to Our News Feeds!