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Hercules Rockefeller
11-19-2011, 11:52 AM

The Von Trap

Von Miller could be a great name for so many different occupations or characters. Die Hard villain. Under Siege villain. James Bond villain. Lethal Weapon villain. OK, you get the idea, it's a good name for a bad guy. And Von Miller is certainly a villain in the eyes of quarterbacks and offensive tackles these days. He's going to be haunting Wayne Hunter's dreams after Miller ragdolled him last night. Miller picked up a sack and a half Thursday night to go along with his three other knockdowns of Mark Sanchez, three tackles for loss, a pass deflection, and a forced fumble. That's Travis Dane territory. While Tim Tebow has energized the Denver offense, Miller has become the wrecking ball that sets Tebow up with superb field position. Of the rookies we've mentioned, Miller is the one who actually deserves to make the Pro Bowl this year as one of the best players at his position of any vintage.

But where does he stand in comparison to the rookies of the past? Again, we'll employ the same simple methodology we've been using for the DeMarco Murray and A.J. Green comparisons. With that sack and a half last night, Miller now has 9.5 sacks in his first 10 games as a pro. How good is that? Well, pro-football-reference.com has sack data going back only through 1982, when the sack was made an official statistic, but it's not a very long list.

Only one player accrued more than 9.5 sacks during his first 10 games as a pro, and it's superstar Bears end Julius Peppers, who picked up 11 in 10 games and finished his rookie year with 12 sacks. And only one player matched that 9.5-sack figure in his first 10 games. That defender is late Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas, who Miller has patterned himself after as a player. Miller even wears Thomas' no. 58 in the Hall of Famer's honor. It's impossible to predict what a player will do in his career after 10 games, but so far Miller's been living up to the example Thomas set as a player.

11-19-2011, 12:19 PM
Marcell Dareus who?

11-19-2011, 12:27 PM
Yeah, that guy can't even be pissed we passed on him. His impact is like a moth fart compared to Miller, and Darius has been decent!

11-19-2011, 12:28 PM
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