The 2013 NFL Draft will be without a Patrick Peterson type impact cornerback. That said, there’s a pretty good one that could wind up a top ten pick.
Each year, it seems Alabama is putting cornerbacks into the NFL Draft. This year they may be sending the best one of the bunch. Dee Milliner was a part-time starter for Alabama last season as they featured Dre Kirkpatrick and DeQuan Menzie. I’m not one to question Nick Saban but it appeared, at times, that Milliner was clearly the superior corner to Menzie and quite possibly better than Kirkpatrick. Tennessee decided to test Milliner in 2011 and quickly realized he wasn’t the one. Even so, Milliner needed to come into 2012 and prove he was a capable full-time starter that was capable of locking down opponents No. 1 receiver week in and week out. Milliner was up to the task.
At 6-foot-1, 198 pounds Milliner possesses next level size to matchup with the bigger receivers in the NFL. He’s a physical corner that excels in press coverage and in run support. Alabama throws a lot of coverages at their players and Milliner was solid in all techniques. The biggest surprise in Milliner’s game was his read-and-react skills, see Michigan tape. I was impressed with his instincts as he appeared to be a veteran corner this season.