2013 Draft Prospect Profile: Dee Milliner

Welcome to our 2013 Draft Prospect Profile series, written by Rob Quinn. Rob is putting together quick, digestible summaries for highly publicized discussed prospects, prospects that interest him, and prospects that interest YOU.

If there’s someone out there who has piqued your interest and you want to know a little but more about him before April rolls around, get at Rob and request he put a profile together. You can email him at RQUINN619@billsmafia.com with a request.

The series isn’t Bills-centric necessarily; however, when the occasion calls for it, Rob will include thoughts on how a player might impact the Bills were they to draft him. But overall, the goal is to educate you on some of the names you’ll hear called in April.

DeMarcus “Dee” Milliner
6‘1“ 199 lbs.
Alabama Crimson Tide
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Dee Milliner: CB, Alabama (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Dee Milliner: CB, Alabama
(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Dee Milliner has been brought along slowly since being recruited by Alabama as one of the top cornerback prospects in the country. He didn’t waste anytime once he arrived on campus, starting 11 games as a freshman in 2010, appearing in all 13 games. He hasn’t missed a game in his entire collegiate career.

The Good:
Dee Milliner has the prototypical height-weight-speed requirements you look for at the cornerback position in the National Football League. Milliner is a physical defensive back, pressing and getting a strong punch on wide receivers at the line of scrimmage. He is very strong, and has above average quickness. Unlike many defensive backs in the league today, Milliner is not afraid to tackle. He has racked up 136 tackles, nine of which came for a loss, intercepted six passes, defended 36 passes, and forced two fumbles in his career.

The Bad:
While Milliner is very physical at the line of scrimmage and isn’t afraid to tackle, he lacks the technique necessary to be a consistent tackler. Far too often he will leave his feet to make tackles, which results in a lot of whiffs against bigger wide receivers and running backs. He could use some improvement on his footwork while backpedaling. The strong defense he had around him at Alabama compensated for some of his mistakes, which allowed to a lot of improvisation on the field.

How he would impact the Bills:
The Bills could very realistically select Milliner with their No. 8 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. He is by far the top cornerback available in the draft class, and aside from Stephon Gilmore, the Bills really don’t have any complete starters at the position. The Bills have more glaring needs, but adding another top-notch cornerback would open up a lot of options for Mike Pettine’s defense.

NFL Comparison:
Carlos Rogers / Drayton Florence

NFL Draft Projection:
Top 10 grade