Dee Milliner CB Alabama #28
Size/Athleticism: Adequate height with a solid overall build. Speed isn’t anything special, but he can run with most receivers.
Coverage: Doesn’t use a traditional backpedal technique, as taught by Nick Saban at Alabama. Technique works for him, but some coaches may be concerned with how he’ll adjust to the way want their corners to play. Ability to read the quarterback is impressive. He does a great job keep his eyes on the quarterback and quickly reacting to put himself in position to make a play. Seems to have a strong grasp on how his speed matches up with opposing receivers. He adjusts his technique accordingly and rarely gets beat over the top.
Ball skills: Consistently reads the quarterback and plays the ball rather than the receiver. Consistently puts himself in position to contest the reception. Hands aren’t great, but he’ll come down with some interceptions.
Run support: Capable of stepping up against the run. He’s strong enough to shed blocks from receivers. Doesn’t attack the ball carrier with force. Attempts a lot of arm tackles and often comes up empty. He’s strong enough to be more consistent in run support; it’s just a matter of putting forth the effort.
Intangibles: Three-year starter in the SEC.
Durability: No issues of note.
Comments: Milliner is the premier corner in this year’s draft class. His ability to read the quarterback is what really makes him stand out. Rarely do you see a college cornerback consistently reading the quarterback and making plays on the ball. He will immediately be a No. 1 corner at the level and could develop into one of the elite corners in the game.