Texas A&M alum and Butkus Award winner Von Miller will be meeting with 49ers on April 13. The nation’s top linebacker last year will visit with coaches and the front office while he is in the Bay Area. Miller’s draft stock has risen significantly since the NFL Combine in March and he is expected to go in the top-ten in the draft. With how highly touted Miller is right now it might be a long shot for him to be available when the 49ers select with the seventh pick. The 49ers two biggest needs on defense are at defensive line and cornerback but if Miller is available for the 49ers there is no way they can pass him up. Even if one of the top-three quarterbacks are available, if Miller is still on the board the 49ers should draft him.
Miller has 27.5 sacks over the last season while at A&M. Miller played the “joker” position meaning he can play both defensive end and linebacker. 49ers new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has said he will run a 3-4 scheme next season and Miller could fit in well and excel right away for the 49ers. This what the 49ers need with their seventh pick, a player who can make an impact right away. With outside linebacker Manny Lawson most likely signing elsewhere when a new CBA is in place the 49ers will need to make up for his loss with a player who can play as a hybrid as both a rusher off the edge and drop back in coverage on either the left or right side. The thought of having Miller and Patrick Willis at linebacker makes me salivate. Miller’s power and explosiveness will work well with Willis’ speed, vision and great tackling ability. Miller finished last season with 68 tackles, 17.5 for loss, 10.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.
49ers Receive Compensatory Draft Picks
The 49ers were awarded two seventh round picks, the 238th and 249th overall selections. The 49ers received the picks for “losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year. The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four,” according to NFL.com.
The 49ers will have 12 selections in the draft, the most of any team. Let’s hope they use them wisely.
49ers draft picks:
1. First round, No. 7 (7th overall)
2. Second round, No. 13 (45th overall)
3. Third round, No. 12 (76th overall)
4. Fourth round, No. 11 (108th overall)
5. Fourth round, No. 18 (115th overall, from San Diego in 2010 draft-day trade)
6. Fifth round, No. 10 (141st overall)
7. Sixth round, No. 9 (174th overall)
8. Sixth round, No. 25 (190th overall, from Seattle for DT Kentwan Balmer)
9. Seventh round, No. 8 (210th overall)
10. Seventh round, No. 30 (230th overall, from Detroit for QB Shaun Hill) (Jets original pick in the round)
11. Seventh round, No. 38 (238th overall, compensatory)
12. Seventh round, No. 49 (249th overall, compensatory)