Miller reportedly catches Broncos' attention; Newton pays visit

While the panel of experts at NFL.com and NFL Network expect the Broncos to select Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus with the second overall pick, The Denver Post reported Tuesday that Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller also is on the team's radar.

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The newspaper also reported that the Broncos played host to Auburn quarterback Cam Newton on Tuesday. John Elway, the Broncos' executive vice president of football operations, is said to be enamored with Newton's arm strength and athletic ability. The Broncos drafted another Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Tim Tebow, in the first round last year.

The 6-foot-4, 246-pound Miller is widely regarded as the top pass rusher in the draft after leading the NCAA in sacks with 17 as a junior in 2009 and adding 10.5 more last season despite suffering an early-season ankle injury.

"In this league, you have to rush the passer," Broncos coach John Fox said. "(Quarterbacks are) too good just to let them stand there and look over your defense. He has the skill set to play this game, no doubt."

The Broncos finished last in the league in sacks, managing just 23 last season, and Fox has said he wants more impact players for his defense.

In addition to his pass-rush skills, Miller demonstrated the versatility to play in either 4-3 or 3-4 defenses during the workout season, which only added to his appeal.

"I tell them, a 3-4, a 4-3, a 5-2, however you want to line up, I just want to be the best defensive player in it," Miller said. "Ask me to do something, and I'll do it."

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