NFL Draft Rumor: Dee Milliner may not be ready for training camp

Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner may not be ready for training camp as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery heading into Thursday night’s NFL Draft.

“We haven’t been able to do the rehab like I want to because I’ve been going to different teams,” Milliner said of the process. “But once the draft is over, I’ll be able to start to rehab it and try to get back on track.”

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King followed up this report by saying that some teams are beginning to be concerned about the star defensive back’s health given that he would require a substantial investment due to his assumed  top-10 placement in the draft.

During his time in Cleveland, Milliner stated that he feels he and the Browns’ Joe Haden would form the best cornerback tandem in the NFL. One of the many subjects of ESPN’s Sports Science video series, Milliner tested off of the charts, recording one of the best overall scores in the history of the study.

The Browns, owners of the sixth-overall pick in the draft are said to be considering Milliner as they continue to have a need at the cornerback spot. Not having a second-round pick at this time, North Carolina State’s David Amerson (6-1,205 lbs) and Mississippi State’s Darius Slay (6-0, 195 lbs.) are allegedly considerations if the Browns wait until the middle rounds to address this need.

[Related: NFL Draft: Jacob and Kirk Tackle Browns’ 1st-Round Strategy]

(Source: Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News)

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Are you listening teams 1-5?

  • Harv 21

    A silly season assist! He’s a top corner when everyone needs a top corner, he’s had his physical exams, his workouts show freaky athleticism (almost as good a draft cliche as “high motor”), but his team may have to wait a few weeks or months for live tackling. RISKY INVESTMENT!! SKULL & CROSSBONES!!! FRENCH-STYLE SIRENS SCREAM IN THE STREETS AND SLOWLY FADE!!! (WEEE-OOOO, Weee-oooo, weee-oooo, wee …)

    Merci, Peter. Now, what do we owe you?

  • Natedawg86

    Rebate is in the mail

  • mgbode

    also NY Jets. makes sure you listen too as you don’t want to trade up and draft such a risky proposition.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Exactly they just got rid of a shutdown CB after a terrible break-up why repeat the process?

  • saggy


    his excuse is crap. No team would expect him to skip rehab from such a surgery in order to meet with them. BUT, even if he HAD to meet with teams in person, there are plenty of universities across the country who would open their facilities for a day or two to this guy.

    I certainly hope, for his sake, that he has taken this process professionally, but if he can’t be “ready” by camp, that’s a red flag for me.

    Also – does Todd McShay even read his own stuff?? I may look like a fool for saying this but THERE IS NO WAY WE DRAFT A TIGHT END AT NUMBER-6!!!

    Also, stay away from Ansah – he was a 24-year old playing against 18,19,20, 21-year olds. Candy from a baby. literally.

  • mgbode

    on McShay (and I’m going to feel dirty for defending his crud):

    he is not allowed to factor in trades, but he wants to tab people to the teams that he thinks will draft them.

    so, he doesn’t think the Bills will take Nassib #8, but will trade down and take him. he’s not allowed to show them trading down (for whatever reason ESPN has decided), so he just puts Nassib at #8.

    same thing for the Browns and Eifert. he thinks we’ll trade down with Miami or NO or someone and take Eifert. so, he just puts him #6.

    he’s explained it a few times on TV and such, so I thought I’d pass along here.

  • MrCleaveland

    I agree with saggy. That excuse sounded fishy the second I read it.

    Teams come to visit prospects at their pro days, so why couldn’t Milliner tell them to come to him? They would have.

    Big, big red flag here, fluttering in the breeze.

  • saggy

    I thought they were now allowed to make trades. my bad on that one. But still – NO WAY THE BROWNS TAKE A FIRST-ROUND TIGHT END!!!!

  • JK

    He still tested out as one of the top prospects in the draft. If this scares you, it’s typical Cleveland. Kid will be a stud, so will J Jones which is why he’ll probably end up in Pitt or Bal

  • saggy

    Regardless, we can’t be replacing picks that are only 1 or 2 years old with new rookies. it’s just completely wasting value. Cameron may still develop. And I seem to remember him grading out as something extra-special, athletically.

    I have wanted Jones since the beginning, and now that he seems to be slipping pretty far, it would be a coup, in my opinion, if we could trade down to pick up a second-rounder and still nab Jones.

    You know who else was going to be a stud? Ryan Leaf. People thought he was better than Peyton Manning.

  • JK

    I love your thought about picking up Jones & a 2nd. I also like Cameron, I was referring to Milliner in saying that I’m not very worried about his shoulder.

  • saggy

    Oh – i thought you were talking about the tight end. haha. that’s actually really funny.

  • Petefranklin

    Thanks for the belly laugh!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    If there is one thing I’ve learned when it comes to the Cleveland Browns it’s to not say no way!

  • Harv 21


  • saggy

    metaphorically literally.

  • MrCleaveland

    It’s been a while since Harv brought down the gramma hamma. Figuratively, of course.

  • Harv 21

    In an impressive display of self-control, I hugged myself and softly whimpered for a full 23 seconds before replying. Nearly doubling my personal record.

  • MrCleaveland

    Hey, a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do!

    After all (with a nod to the Penn State chant),

    WE ARE


  • Hypno_Toad

    Haha I’m in tears from this one…

  • mgbode

    “Cameron may still develop”

    he might, but he’s a 4th round pick from the 2011 draft. it’s not like we’d be completely wasting value if we traded down a couple times, picked up good value on the trade downs (important) and then took Eifert.

    if Cameron and Eifert are good, then we have the NE double-TE model. I’m not going to complain.

  • Garry_Owen