Dee Milliner: Joe Haden and I could form the best cornerback tandem in NFL

I really think we can. Not to be cocky or anything, but I think we’d be two really dynamic players who could go out and do great things for this defense. Oh man, that would be awesome. I think we’d make a great combo and we’d accomplish some great things together. […] I study the top cornerbacks in the league to see what techniques I can put into my arsenal. I’ve watched film of guys like Champ Bailey, Darrelle Revis, Patrick Peterson and Joe. Joe has great fundamentals and he’s definitely going to be one of the great DBs in the game. I really enjoyed meeting him. I definitely think we’d be a playoff contender.

— NFL Draft hopeful Dee Milliner, in a phone interview which was transcribed by Mary Kay Cabot, when asked if he could form the best cornerback tandem in the league if the Browns select him on April 25. With the sixth-overall pick and a weakness in the defensive backfield, the Browns are forcasted by many to be looking at the Alabama product. In a recent edition of ESPN’s Sports Science, Milliner received one of the highest grades in the history of the study.

[Related: WFNY NFL Draft Day Contest]

  • MrCleaveland

    Slow down, Dee, slow down. Bat down a pass first, okay? Then we can talk about being the best in the league.

    In the meantime, don’t let reporters put words in your mouth by going along with their leading questions. Think before you speak, and speak your mind, not theirs.

  • mgbode

    Dee doesn’t bat passes down. He bats them to teammates.


  • Sam

    Wow a potential star that actually sounds like he WANTS to come to Cleveland and you want him to shut up. And we wonder why no one wants to stay here?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Milliner is my man which means Detroit takes him #5. Worse yet Milliner is available and the Browns select GNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Smith in which case I’ll laugh, then cry then not really care what this organization does once again.

  • King Me

    I’m excited to see what he can do if we draft him. This team could use a little swagger.

  • Scooter

    I think it’s funny that people are saying he “wants to play for the Browns”. I haven’t seen him quoted as saying anything close to that. Just that they would be a great tandem and that we would be playoff contenders. If he truly thinks that adding him makes us a playoff contender, then anyone that delusional can play elsewhere for all I care.

  • MrCleaveland

    First of all, Sam, I didn’t say I wanted him to shut up. To the contrary, I explicitly encouraged him to “speak your mind.” Did you not read that far? Guess not.

    Second of all, Sam, just about every projected high draft pick says he would “love to play in [insert name of any city].” It doesn’t mean anything. They would all love to play in whatever city they’re being asked about. I would think that everyone knows this, but I guess I would be wrong.

    Third of all, Sam, I don’t think Milliner is going to read my post and announce that he no longer wishes to play with Joe Haden because I want him to shut up.

    And finally, Sam, there are several reasons why players don’t stay here, none of which involve WFNY comments giving them good advice.

    You have a great weekend.

  • Sam

    Well, Mr., I tend to remember plenty of high draft picks who sure as hell acted like they wouldn’t love to play in [insert Cleveland’s name]. One can only cringe while remembering the face of the likes of Edwards and Winslow on draft day. I didn’t think it was possible to look that disgusted when becoming a millionaire on national TV.

    It is also a fact that players often cite the attitude of the fan base when rating the desirability of playing in a city (Just ask about any failed player for the Red Sox). It just so happens, Mr., that Cleveland fans often get tagged as an overbearing, negative fan base (example: wanting a player [who isn’t even on the team] to slow down and bat down a pass before speaking confidently about the possibility of enjoying success in Cleveland).

    So, since you mentioned that Dee Milliner doesn’t give a “batted pass” about your humbling advice, why can’t we embrace the potential of harvesting a star instead of questioning his confidence? Why couldn’t we patiently assess Brandon Weeden instead of calling for Noodlearm McCoy? There has been nothing but negativity from the fans since the Browns have returned in 1999 and there has been nothing but negative results on the field.

    Just slow down Mr., slow down and enjoy the thought of Dee Milliner batting down a pass in a Browns jersey.

  • Natedawg86

    Until u do realize then you cry again laugh and then believe gno is going to be franchise qb

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Not a fan of Smith I feel he’s very overrated.

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  • Jaker

    And that just confirmed Detroit taking Milliner

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    Playoffs? Don’t talk about playoffs. Are you kidding me? Playoffs?

  • Henry Brown

    Didn’t you think the same thing about RG3?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    No I didn’t think Griffin would do what he did in his rookie season but I never used the word overrated. I did think his career wouldn’t be as long due to the way he played though.

    I did think the price to have the opportunity to draft Griffin was to much though so maybe that’s what you remember. As far as Geno Smith goes besides thinking he is overrated due to the system he was in I don’t think it makes sense for the Browns to use the #6 overall or heck any first round pick in order to draft another QB. I say the same thing for Weeden that I said a year ago for McCoy and that is give the guy another season while improving the rest of the team. I mean it even more this time. Weeden will have far better coaching so I’d like to see what he can do.

  • Sam

    “I really think we can. Not to be cocky or anything, but I think we’d be two really dynamic players who could go out and do great things for this defense. Oh man, that would be awesome. I think we’d make a great combo and we’d accomplish some great things together.”

    That doesn’t sound ANYTHING close to maybe wanting to play for the Browns? I don’t think you should be pointing the delusional finger at others, sir.

  • paulbip

    Now if Milliner could only tackle.

  • Henry Brown

    I was just joking I don’t want to draft Geno either.