Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Milliner to Detroit at No. 5?
By Tim Kavanagh
Prior the NFL scouting combine, Alabama CB Dee Milliner was foreseen as the top prospect available at the position, and a top-flight one at that: he can excel both in press man and zone coverages, and is unafraid of contact in run support. Any doubts on his athleticism were erased with his performance on Monday in the 40-yard dash, as he sped to unofficial times of 4.31 and 4.37.
As ESPN NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert notes, Milliner is now definitely in the conversation for the Detroit Lions at No. 5 overall, if he wasn't before. Of course, there is a case to be made for any of the teams ahead of Detroit -- Kansas City, Jacksonville, Oakland and Philadelphia -- to take Milliner as well, so this could turn into a game of chicken on draft night.
Here's Seifert with more on Milliner's stock:
Kevin Seifert40 time ramps up Milliner buzz
"Speed is only one portion of the evaluation of any player, but at cornerback it is pretty important. Speaking about the position last week at the combine, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said: 'We like fast.' Milliner is scheduled to have surgery to repair a torn labrum but, barring any complications, he figures to be a prime candidate for the Lions."