I spoke with a source connected with the Buffalo Bills and learned the team will be bringing in linebacker Von Miller for a private workout. I’ve yet to find out the details exactly when the workout is happening, but Miller is coming to visit Orchard Park and the Bills coaching staff.
Bills head coach Chan Gailey has already spent time with Miller, working with him at the Senior Bowl in January.
The 6-foot-2, 237-pound Texas A&M pass rusher had 10.5 sacks last season after leading the nation with 17 the year before. He also led the Aggies with 17.5 tackles for losses. Miller played in a 3-4 defense after playing in a 4-3 as a junior, proving he can productive in either scheme.
“Von Miller would fit in any defense really well,” Gailey said during the Senior Bowl. “He looks like he’s a very explosive player. He’s one of the few guys I happened to see a little bit during the course of the season, and he’s an explosive football player. I think he’s going to be a good get for whoever gets him. He’d help us, just like he’d help a lot of teams.”
How Miller would fit with the Bills defense is debatable with the team already having Chris Kelsay, Shawne Merriman, Arthur Moats and possibly Aaron Maybin in the mix. I spoke with Brian Galliford of Buffalo Rumblings, a defensive prospect aficionado about Miller and how he may work with the Bills.
“It’s interesting, because he’s so athletic that he really could play inside in an under (one gap) front, but only in passing situations as a blitzer of sorts – he’s too small to play full-time inside linebacker,” Galliford said. ” He’d be cross-trained to play inside, anyway, as both Moats and (Danny) Batten were last year. His athleticism gives him a lot more upside in coverage than our current group, but he rarely dropped at A&M. He’ll need coaching – probably a lot of it – in that area.”
So what about the current crop of Bills linebackers?
“I can only guess (obviously), but Kelsay and Merriman would be penciled in for the base defense (3-4), with Kelsay serving as the flex guy that would go down in a 4-3,” Galliford said. “Miller could technically play ILB in that flex scheme, but look like he’s lining up as a 4-3 OLB (similar to Posluszny last year when they went 4-3 against Jacksonville. I’d also expect him to be on the field in passing situations as a rush outside linebacker, likely in platoon with Merriman and Moats. But I doubt he’d start the year as a nominal starter; Chan would make him earn his playing time – particularly if worries about his motor are accurate.”
Miller, who according to a National Football Post report already worked out for the Denver Broncos on Friday, is regarded as one of the top talents in the draft. In an interview with Aaron Wilson of the Post, Mike Mayock said that on tape, Miller wowed him.
“He’s a little bit undersized,” Mayock told Wilson. You’ve got to figure out how you’re going to play him, but when you’re looking for natural pass rush ability, and that’s what the league is about right now, he’s at the top of your list.”
We’ll let you know exactly when Miller is coming to town as soon as we get it confirmed. Interestingly enough and to steal a quote from Galliford, Miller’s “in on the antitrust lawsuit brigade.”