Thursday, February 21, 2013
Could Dee Milliner's surgery help Browns?
By Jamison Hensley
Alabama's Dee Milliner, the consensus top cornerback in this year's NFL draft, will undergo surgery on a torn labrum in his right shoulder after this week's scouting combine, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Milliner has been projected to be a top-five pick, which means he would be off the board by the time the Browns select at No. 6. But does this surgery help the chances of Milliner falling out of the top five? Well, it certainly doesn't hurt.
If the information from Milliner's representative is accurate, the injury doesn't sound like it will seriously affect his draft status. He will do every workout drill at the combine except for the bench press and there is optimism about his availability for training camp. Milliner suffered the injury at some point last season and played through it.
The Browns aren't expected to re-sign Sheldon Brown and could form a promising young cornerback tandem with Milliner and Joe Haden, who was the seventh pick of the 2010 draft. Milliner is a complete corner who has great awareness in pass coverage and likes to hit in stopping the run. The biggest knock on him is that he lacks the elite speed that you want for that position.