NFL Draft: CB Dee Milliner could drop out of top five according to report

Peter King of Sports Illustrated writes today that the top CB in the draft, Alabama’s Dee Milliner could be available when the Browns are on the clock at number six, which most experts thought was highly unlikely a month ago-

“I think with the first round of the draft one month from tonight, I am hearing doubts on Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner (could drop out of the top five), hopes about West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith (the Jags are interested, preliminarily, at No. 2), no holes on Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel (still the odds-on favorite to go No. 1 overall) and one very big workout and interview extravaganza coming on Wednesday: Matt Barkley, the USC quarterback, will throw in earnest for the first time in front of NFL scouts since injuring his shoulder in November.”

Cornerback is a position of need for the Browns after allowing just under 4000 yards passing last season, and not resigning veteran CB Sheldon Brown. The team recently signed Chris Owens from Atlanta, who was primarily a nickel corner for the Falcons.

Scout’s Inc. currently has Milliner listed as the fourth best player in the draft, with a draft score of 95. The next cornerback (Desmond Trufant) is listed at number 22.

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  • mgbode

    I still think Milliner goes to either JAX or Detroit. I’ll be extremely happy if he falls to us, but I don’t think it’ll happen.

  • Dinom33

    If he’s there… I draft him.

  • TSR3000

    Our board should be 1. Jordan. 2. J. Jones. 3. D. Milliner. We shouldn’t take a CB at #6 just because we need one. If we take him he better be a top 5 corner by year 2.

  • mgbode

    no, if we take him, then he better be the best player left on the board. nothing more. I think he likely would be.

  • jimmy

    “we shouldn’t take a CB just because we need one”……??? is that a joke? That’s exactly why they should take a CB at 6. Browns need a CB at this point more than any other position except a kicker. Couldn’t fill that need in FA, gotta fill it in the draft. Milliner is the man to do it.

  • mgbode

    don’t draft need in the top10. draft BPA. pretty much any sport.

    if you are bad enough to be drafting in the top10, then you better just get the best player and figure it out later.

  • I couldn’t agree more about the need. I think they should go with Milliner at 6 if he’s there. Whether he’s the 5th or 10th ranked player relative to other positions is an apples/oranges argument. The fact is that it’s not out of the question to draft the kid in the top 10, and it’s a position of great need. Saying we should draft a pass rusher or DT just because they’re the “BPA” is a bit mind boggling.

  • TSR3000

    Boom. Exactly. If Dee Milliner turns out to be Q Jammer and J. Jones is Terrell Suggs then we look dumb, super dumb.

  • TSR3000

    I think DET is going to take FIsher. They are desperate for a good tackle. Have been for about 20 years.

  • TSR3000

    So you think we should take CB and then Kicker because those are the holes in our roster? So glad you aren’t the GM. To reiterate my point, if you take a CB in the top 10 he better be a shutdown, undeniable stud. I am not convinced he has any more upside than Jordan or Jones.

  • C-Bus Kevin

    I just have a hard time understanding how Geno Smith is possibly a top 12 prospect. Plus, if the Jags take him, that will make two consecutive top pick QBs that were an absolute reach. Of course, he is a great player, and he could make everyone eat their words very soon.

    For the Browns, I still like Werner. I don’t know what his overall ranking is, but he’s a huge talent. I think he’s got the speed and overall athleticism to play the OLB position in the 3-4. He can pass rush AND drop into coverage.

    This draft is going to be interesting.

  • Jaker

    Don’t be silly, it’s about value, and Milliners value at #6 is incredible. No K has value that high.

    Filling the team’s biggest hole and getting possibly the best player available is a no brainer

  • Jaker

    I’m all over the “Milliner or trade down” idea. If no WR is taken at that point(which is likely), you might see STL or MIN want to trade up big to get one, maybe Cordarelle Patterson. I mention those two teams because they both have two 1st round picks and glaring holes at starting WR. I think at that point, Banner and co will have to measure value as in “do we take a pass rusher or corner at 6, or do we trade down and possibly get a starting caliber corner(Trufant?) AND a franchise TE(Eiffert?)”

    I think if Milliner is gone, this is a no brainer, if the trade is on the table

  • Jaker

    I think Philly might end up taking him

  • MadHatter54

    or Dee could be Revis and Jones is Aaron Curry…

  • MadHatter54

    Listen, the draft can go many ways. We can get Dee and solidify the CB position for years. We could get Jones, Jordan, Ziggy and OLB suddenly becomes a strength. Heck, we could grab Geno and hopefully have our franchise QB. Any way you look at it, we should get a great player that will help make this team a contender. It all depends how the board looks when it gets to pick #6.