Von Miller received another honor on Wednesday, adding to the recognition he’s received following his 11.5 sack-season in 2011.
Former NFL scout and current NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah published his list of the top 10 players under the age of 25 today and included Miller, who is 23 years old.
“Miller didn’t waste any time making his presence felt on the Broncos defense,” Jeremiah wrote. “He posted 10.5 sacks in their first 11 games before suffering a broken right thumb. He finished his rookie season with 11.5 sacks and was honored as the Defensive Rookie of the Year. He is a very versatile defender. He excels as a pass rusher because of his suddenness off the ball and his ability to bend around the edge. He is also athletic enough to drop in zones or run with tight ends down the seam.”
The rest of the list, which does not include rookies who have yet to play in the NFL can be found below (in alphabetical order):
LB NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco
WR A.J. Green, Cincinnati
TE Rob Gronkowski, New England
RB LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia
QB Cam Newton, Carolina
DE Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants
C Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh
DE Aldon Smith, San Francisco
QB Matthew Stafford, Detroit
Last Thursday, CBSSports.com Senior NFL Columnist Pete Prisco identified players he thinks are due for a breakout season in 2012. At the top of that list, he placed wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. Also included was tackle Orlando Franklin.
“Why not,” Prisco wrote. “Thomas has all the tools. He’s big. He’s fast. He’s strong. … With (Peyton) Manning, in a much more receiver-friendly offense, expect to see the end-of-year numbers for Thomas all season long in 2012. Aside from the addition of Manning, Thomas is healthy for the first time in his Denver career.”
Prisco also expects a big season from Franklin, who was one of just three offensive linemen on the list.
“He was good as a run blocker in Denver’s run-oriented offense,” Prisco wrote. “But I think he will be just as good in pass protection with the move to a more pass-friendly scheme.”
Another mystery Bronco is set to receive an award tonight as NFL Network unveils another 10 players from its top 100 list. The network has given the hint that it’ll be a defensive player that wasn’t on the list a year ago, so it’s possible that Miller picks up some more recognition tonight – or maybe Elvis Dumervil will join the club?