Monday, April 22, 2013
Does Milliner's shoulder concern Browns?
By Jamison Hensley
Many have linked the Cleveland Browns to Alabama's Dee Milliner at No. 6 because he is the consensus top cornerback in the draft. Or is he?
Sports Illustrated's Peter King reported that teams are having injury concerns over Milliner's shoulder. Milliner told The Philadelphia Enquirer that he's fallen behind on his rehabilitation from March surgery because he's been busy making pre-draft visits to teams. He needed a torn labrum in his shoulder repaired.
"But once the draft is over, I'll be able to start to rehab it and try to get back on track," Milliner told the paper. There's a possibility that he won't be ready until training camp.
I still feel that Milliner is the top cornerback on the Browns' draft board, although I would still trade down if a team is willing to move up for one of the top three offensive tackles. Cornerback is the top need for the Browns after they failed to replace Sheldon Brown in free agency.
Asked how the torn labrums for Milliner and Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan affect their draft grades, general manager Mike Lombardi said: “I think the medical grades we got from the medical people are certainly about today and also about the future. I think you have to weigh those two things together as you make a decision. The pick is not just for today, it's also for the future.”
But there seems to be signs that Milliner could fall in the first round. ESPN's Todd McShay has Milliner slipping all the way to No. 10 to the Tennessee Titans. Milliner has been replaced by Houston's D.J. Hayden at the top of this year's cornerback class by NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock.
I expect more drama to impact the scenarios for the top 10 teams before Thursday night.