Texas A&M LB Von Miller, North Carolina DE/LB Robert Quinn Impress at NFL Combine
Texas A&M outside linebacker Von Miller is widely projected as a top-10 prospect, and the pass rushing specialist solidified his status with a strong showing at the NFL Scouting Combine on Monday. Miller (6’3” 246 pounds) unofficially ran 4.46 and 4.53 in the 40-yard dash, posted a 37” vertical leap, and recorded an outstanding 6.70 in the three-cone drill.
Miller’s 10’6″ broad jump was the best of any linebacker, and he performed better than expected in change-of-direction position drills. The 2010 Butkus Award winner’s underrated agility was on full display at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Miller, the top linebacker in this year’s class, is expected to draw significant interest from several teams with 3-4 defenses in the upper half of the first round, including the Denver Broncos at No. 2, the Buffalo Bills at No. 3, the Arizona Cardinals at No. 5, and the San Francisco 49ers at No. 7.
“This is just a cross-check,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said of Miller’s workout. “There’s nothing he could have done negatively where people would have thought he wasn’t what they thought he was. He had a great day today. I thought he had a phenomenal day, and he’s a top-10 pick.”
North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn (6’4” 265 pounds), who was deemed “permanently ineligible” in 2010 for allegedly receiving improper benefits from agents, posted a 4.70 40 yard dash, 34” vertical leap, 9’8” broad jump, and 7.13 three-cone.
The 2009 first-team All-ACC selection admitted during an interview with the NFL Network that teams are interested in him as a defensive end in a 4-3 alignment and a rush linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.
Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers did not test at the Combine, as expected, because of his continued recovery from a meniscus tear that he sustained last October.
Oregon linebacker Casey Matthews, the younger brother of 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year runner-up Clay Matthews, was unable to perform after suffering a left shoulder injury during the bench press on Sunday.