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.
Le’Veon Bell – RB – Michigan State Spartans
Bell carried the Spartans to victory over Boise State and in doing so gave his draft stock a nice boost. At times Bell has looked like nothing more than a short-yardage back, but he proved he can carry the workload. He still needs to show he can remain effective over the course of the season, but he looks like a 2nd or 3rd-round pick right now. He reminds me of LeGarrette Blount or Peyton Hillis.
Dee Milliner – CB – Alabama Crimson Tide
Milliner started six game for the Tide last year, but this was his first chance to step up as the leader of the secondary. Michigan doesn’t exactly have the most potent passing attack, but Milliner shut down everything thrown his way. He finished with one interceptions and four pass break ups. There’s still a long way to go before the cornerbacks sort themselves out this year, but Milliner is definitely in the mix to come off the board in the 1st round.
Eddie Lacy – RB – Alabama Crimson Tide
It’s not that Lacy looked bad against Michigan, it’s just that he didn’t get many chances. It looks like Lacy will be part of a running back-by-committee approach which will limit his ability to impress scouts this season.
David Amerson – CB – N.C. State Wolfpack
Amerson entered the season as the top cornerback on many draft boards but he was exposed against Tennessee. He was torched for two long touchdowns and was exposed for his lack of speed. After watching this game, I started to wonder if Amerson might be better suited to play free safety at the next level.
Brandon Jenkins – DE- Florida State Seminoles
Jenkins suffered a season-ending foot injury on Saturday. Jenkins can apply for a medical redshirt and would likely receive it, but I would be surprised if he didn’t enter the draft. Jenkins would have been a Day 2 pick had he entered the 2012 Draft and he’ll still have a chance to get back to that level if he’s healthy enough to work out this offseason.