Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner already had to be high atop Reggie McKenzie’s draft board. Todd McShay recently pegged the draft’s top corner as Oakland’s pick at #3 in his mock draft. And with a glaring need to do something, anything, to upgrade the cornerback position the Raiders were surely going to take a long look at Milliner.
However after today’s performance on the final day of the NFL’s scouting combine Milliner is sure to get a very long look from McKenzie and his scouts.
There are few things that elevate a DB’s draft stock quite like a blazing time in the 40. Let’s just say that Milliner’s official time of 4.37 had to have made Al Davis do a double take as he watched from high above.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg on Dee’s (real name DeMArcus) head turning day in Indianapolis. He also popped an impressive 36” vertical and measured up with ideal size for an NFL corner.
Now before we get too carried away with all the combine porn let’s not forget this guy has the game to back his athletic ability too. Already viewed as a top 10 prospect Milliner is no doubt in the top 5 conversation and possibly entering rare air for a DB by getting considering from Oakland at third overall.
If there is one drawback it’s the surgery for a torn labrum Milliner will undergo making him unavailable to whoever drafts him until the start of training camp at the earliest. But consider how impressive he was given his performance with the injury and you’ll see that flag is Alabama Crimson and not really red at all.