Draft profile: Dee Milliner, Alabama

April, 16, 2013
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This is the seventh in a series highlighting players who could be selected by the Jets with the ninth overall pick in the April 25 draft:

Player: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Height/weight: 6-foot, 201 pounds

Scouts, Inc. ranking: 4

Draft projection: 4th to 9th.

Scouting report: Two things need to happen before the Jets would draft Milliner: They'd have to trade CB Darrelle Revis and they'd have to get very lucky. The odds of Milliner slipping to the ninth pick aren't good, but, hey, you never know, right? He's the top cornerback in the class, a prospect with the size, speed and coverage skills to be a Pro Bowl player. Will he be as good as Revis? Maybe not, but "when [Nick] Saban says, 'I really like this kid,' you can take that to the bank," one scout told me. Milliner is a product of the Saban system, meaning he's well-schooled. He ran the 40 in 4.37 seconds at the scouting combine, solidifying his elite status. He has long arms (32 inches) and plays the position the way it's supposed to be played. It would be difficult to replace Revis, but a Milliner-Antonio Cromartie-Kyle Wilson troika wouldn't be bad.

Key stats: Milliner recorded 22 pass break-ups last season, by far the most among the top-rated DBs in the draft, per ESPN Stats & Information. Alabama's opponents completed only 49 percent of their passes outside the hashmarks, with four TDs and 11 interceptions -- and Milliner was a big reason for that.

Red flags: He underwent surgery last month to repair a torn labrum. Despite the injury, Milliner participated in DB drills at the combine, impressing scouts with his toughness and determination. The main knock on him is that he lacks ball skills -- only six interceptions in his career. He has small hands, only 8 3/4 inches.

In his own words: "You've got to watch today's (cornerbacks). Pat Peterson, that's a young guy that I think is going to be the next -- one of the great DB's. Champ Bailey, Darrelle Revis when he (does) come back, now (Richard) Sherman, you've got to watch him because he's one of the head runners that's doing good in today's football. I wish Deion (Sanders) was playing so I could watch him. But you know, I still look at his tapes, YouTube, I've got old people in my family that knew him, seen him play, so I always go around them and ask them about him."

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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