Von Miller dominated Jamaal Charles in their first round matchup, while Eric Weddle narrowly got past Jared Veldheer in our 'Be The GM' series.
Miller looks like an easy choice to move into the quarterfinals, though his six-game suspension suggests some underlying issues beyond the outstanding pass rushing production that may make some think twice for a split second.
Miller was the second overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft after Cam Newton and has instantly become one of the NFL’s most invaluable defensive players. Miller had 11.5 sacks as a rookie and then followed it up with 18.5 sacks in 2012 at just 23. Miller is an every down linebacker, but is almost single-mindedly focused on pressuring the quarterback and not ever dropping in coverage.
Miller is able to get to the quarterback as well as anyone in the NFL on the outside as well as the inside, making him incredibly difficult to contain.
Weddle couldn't be spotted in a lineup, according to Warren Sapp, and that is true but he also was graded as having the best season at safety since Pro Football Focus was launched. Many questioned the Chargers' logic in making Weddle the highest paid safety in the NFL, but he has gone on to earn that contract.
In 2012, Weddle had 83 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. During the previous season, Weddle intercepted seven balls.
Weddle is still just 28 and is incredibly durable and should be among the NFL's most reliably elite secondary players for many years to come.