If Texas A & M linebacker Von Miller gets his way on draft day, he won't have to travel very far to get to work. Miller, a native of the Dallas suburb of DeSoto, wants to be a Cowboy.
I met with Miller earlier today at an event in Manhattan where he was participating in a scientific study for Gatorade, and the star defender didn't hestitate when asked where he'd like to end up.
"The Dallas Cowboys," he said. "I hope so. They say, 'Speak it into existence,' and I hope I go to the Cowboys. I'm planning on going to the Cowboys."
Chances are Miller won't get that far; the Cowboys have the ninth overall pick and would likely have to trade up into the top three - maybe even as high as No. 2 - to get Miller. The consensus is that Miller will go to either the Broncos at No. 2 or the Bills at No. 3. But Miller assures the Cowboys he'd make it worth their while to deal up.
"If Jerry Jones drafts me," he said, "I'll be the best Cowboy he's ever had. I promise him that."
He understand there are no guarantees, though.
"You never know what happens," Miller said. "These drafts, nobody can be 100 percent sure what's going on. Hopefully I'm drafted by the team I want to be at."