2011. Von Miller (Pick: Cam Newton)
The top of the 2011 NFL Draft is stacked with players who were among the very best at their position in recent years, including cornerback Patrick Peterson, offensive tackle Tyron Smith, and wide receivers A.J. Green and Julio Jones. But there were two truly transcendent defensive players taken in 2011 as well: defensive end J.J. Watt, and outside linebacker Von Miller.
We’re giving the edge to Miller in a redraft like this, because the six-time Pro Bowl selection and six-time All-Pro hasn’t missed as much time due to injury as Watt has.