Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 1/9 - Dee Milliner, CB, 6-0, 201, Alabama...Milliner was one of the most decorated cornerbacks in the draft, as well as perhaps its most banged-up. He's already had five surgeries, including a recent shoulder operation to repair a torn labrum, but the Jets are confident in his medical records and believe he can perform in the NFL as he did at Alabama, where he led the nation with 21 pass breakups last year. Not drafted to replace Darrelle Revis, but will likely anchor the secondary for years to come. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 1/9 - Dee Milliner, CB, 6-0, 201, Alabama...Milliner was one of the most decorated cornerbacks in the draft, as well as perhaps its most banged-up. He's already had five surgeries, including a recent shoulder operation to repair a torn labrum, but the Jets are confident in his medical records and believe he can perform in the NFL as he did at Alabama, where he led the nation with 21 pass breakups last year. Not drafted to replace Darrelle Revis, but will likely anchor the secondary for years to come. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - While Milliner isn't going to actually replace Revis -- Antonio Cromartie is sure to draw the opposition's No. 1 receiver in 2013 -- he provides protection in case the Jets cut Cromartie after next season. Cromartie renegotiated his contract in March, a maneuver that increased his 2014 cap number by $4.2 million. Milliner could push Kyle Wilson, a first-round pick in 2010 who has yet to live up to his draft status, while potentially teaming up with Wilson in 2014 and beyond to give the Jets a long-term, homegrown cornerback duo.
Milliner starred at Alabama, where he helped the Crimson Tide to consecutive national championships the last two years by collecting a total of 80 tackles. 31 pass breakups and five interceptions. He was a first-team All-American as well as a unanimous first-team All-SEC selection last year, when he surrendered just 13 completions on 76 passes thrown his way. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - There are numerous health concerns about Milliner, who has already undergone five surgeries to repair a pair of shoulder injuries and a sports hernia as well as injuries to his right knee and right tibia. He underwent his second shoulder surgery in March, shortly after he participated in the Combine. Milliner and Idzik both said Thursday night that he'll be fully recovered by training camp. "I'm just going to go out there and try and compete for a job," Milliner said. "I'll try to make plays, just do what I do best and try to play football." - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Much has been made about Rex Ryan and how the defensive-minded head coach appears to be a lame duck entering the penultimate year of his contact under new general manager John Idzik. But even if Ryan is doomed to be fired, it appears as if the Jets will still be defined by their defense throughout the early years of the Idzik regime. The Jets, armed with two picks in the first round of Thursday's NFL Draft thanks to Sunday's Darrelle Revis trade, selected cornerback Dee Milliner with the ninth pick and Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson with the 13th pick. While plenty of fans would have preferred the Jets spend one or both picks on playmakers who could help out one of the league's worst offenses, Idzik's first two picks as a general manager are in line with his reputation as a patient, methodical executive who won't be swayed by public opinion. "We'll address need, but talent will trump need," Idzik said late Thursday night.
While Idzik admitted he pondered drafting for need by going with an offensive player or two, he decided to stick with the Jets' board. "In the end, the two players we drafted, they were two of our highest-rated players on our board -- by far," Idzik said. During his pre-draft press conference, Idzik said he and his fellow executives are "grinders at heart," and Milliner and Richardson are the type of unglamorous but necessary pieces the Jets need as Idzik begins rebuilding a barren roster. - The Sports Xchange
04/25/13 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 4. CB Dee Milliner, Alabama (6-0, 201, 3JR)...Although he doesn't have elite speed, Milliner makes up for his lack of quick-twitch athleticism with smooth hips, natural instincts and very good read/react skills. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com