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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Could CB Dee Milliner fall to the Dolphins?

By James Walker

The Miami Dolphins filled a lot of holes in free agency, but the team could still use a starting-caliber cornerback. Could the recent report involving the health former Alabama corner Dee Milliner make him a possible target for the Dolphins in Thursday’s NFL draft?

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Milliner had five surgeries, which includes a surgery on both shoulders. This is not what you want to hear from a player who is projected to go in the top 10.

Miami holds the No. 12 overall pick, which was thought to be out of reach for Milliner, who is the top-rated cornerback in this draft. However, the medical flags could result in Milliner falling into the Dolphins' lap on Thursday.

If that's the case, is Milliner a good pick for Miami at No. 12? The Dolphins’ pass defense was 27th in the NFL last year.

Miami signed veteran cornerback Brent Grimes in free agency, but he is still recovering from season-ending Achilles surgery. Richard Marshall and Dimitri Patterson are also on the roster and would battle for the other starting job. Neither player had a good season in 2012.

Milliner has a high ceiling. However, he is already proven to be an injury-prone player and that makes him a risky pick for the Dolphins. Keep an eye on this potential development Thursday.