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#1 CarolinaPanthers8789

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 06:26 PM

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I know there are some Alabama fans on this board, and I wanted to see what their (and everyone else's) opinions were on the 6'1", 199 pound, corner from Alabama: Dee Milliner.

I recently started watching tape through a program that I have and this kid can play some ball in my opinion. He plays the ball better then most corners in the NFL (not joking). I know corner isn't our biggest need but if Dee fell into our laps, would you have a problem taking him?

NFL Draft Scout: http://www.nfldrafts...=2014&genpos=CB

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Overview

With his hometown less than two hours from Tuscaloosa, it was a natural fit for the heavily-recruited Milliner to join the Crimson Tide.

He was a five-star prospect and the No. 1-rated cornerback in the country by Scout.com and No. 2 by ESPNU and Rivals.com. Milliner played in the Under Armour All-America Game and the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Game before arriving on campus.

Milliner started 11 games and played in all 13 as a true freshman, recording 55 tackles, seven passes broken up and an interception in earning freshman All-SEC honors in 2010.

He started six of 12 games on an defensive unit packed with NFL talent in 2011. Milliner started in nickel and dime packages, playing outside with DeQuan Menzie moving inside. He finished the season with 26 tackles and was second on the team with nine pass breakups and recorded a team-high three interceptions. He also contributed heavily on the kickoff coverage team with seven solo tackles on special teams.

Milliner's breakout season came in 2012, as he was a first-team All-American and unanimous All-SEC first-team pick after finishing the regular season tied for third nationally with 18 passes defensed. He added 51 tackles, four for loss, and the 18 pass break-ups marked the third-highest single-season total in program history.


Analysis

Strengths: Built well for the position. Plays with excellent coordination and smooth hips, using his arms and hands to knock down throws. Excellent awareness and read/react ability, getting his head turned and uses his eyes well to quickly find the ball. Attacks the run and is a very good tackler, never backing down. He is a bruising hitter and does a nice job separating ball from receiver with terrific timing. Plays tight bump-and-run and enjoys pressing with little cushion. Closes quickly and baits throws, looking to make a play on each snap. Smart and disciplined, but not shy about coming off his man to make a play. Physical striker and does a nice job avoiding blocks while keeping his eye on the ball. He processes information quickly and looks comfortable in space.

Weaknesses: Lacks elite speed and quick-twitch ability. Plays too aggressive at times and will take himself out of the play, missing some tackles. Has just one full season as a starter. Needs to refine some of his cover technique, most notably his backpedal.

NFL Comparison: CB Charles Tillman - similar size and ballhawking ability when the ball is in the air

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 06:44 PM

I like him but I don't love him. Can't say that corner isn't a need. It's really a need.

I heard people said that he's better than MO. I just Dno if it's true. IMO, I don't think Milliner is as good as his former teammate Kirkpatrick. If he's there, he could be the pick but if it was up to me I'd rather go FA route for a Corner.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:19 PM

I like him but I don't love him. Can't say that corner isn't a need. It's really a need.

I heard people said that he's better than MO. I just Dno if it's true. IMO, I don't think Milliner is as good as his former teammate Kirkpatrick. If he's there, he could be the pick but if it was up to me I'd rather go FA route for a Corner.


I didn't mean that corner isn't a need, I meant it's not as big of a need as say defensive tackler or safety.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:31 PM

He's on a short list for who we are looking at for our first round pick

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:35 PM

what about david amerson i heard he got about 13 interceptions???

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:47 PM

He's on a short list for who we are looking at for our first round pick


you work for the panthers? How do you know what their "short list" is?

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:49 PM

what about david amerson i heard he got about 13 interceptions???


He'll probably be converted to safety. I look for New England to take him

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:51 PM

Eh, I really don't like Amerson, I'm a Carolina fan but I live in Raleigh so I got to see Amerson play quite a bit when I'm home from break (at least three times at Carter-Finley), and there is nothing overly impressive about Amerson.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 09:51 PM

Eh, I really don't like Amerson, I'm a Carolina fan but I live in Raleigh so I got to see Amerson play quite a bit when I'm home from break (at least three times at Carter-Finley), and there is nothing overly impressive about Amerson.


Amerson had an amazing season as a true sophomore and people expected him to duplicate it this year. It wasn't going to happen...the kid still had 5 INTs which was good enough to tie him at 9th nationally. Amerson is built to play FS in the NFL and IMO is going to be really really good. His specialty is playing zone, reading the QB, and making the break. He is also going to get every jump ball in the NFL b/c of his height and athleticism. The only thing he lacks is elite speed but I honestly could see the Ravens taking him as a successor to Ed Reed. He'd thrive in that system and might be the one DB in this draft with the most upside because despite having 18 INTs the last two years...he's still extremely raw.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 10:03 PM

If we drafted Milliner I would expect it to be the end of Gamble's tenure here. I wouldn't hate it, but if Hankins is there I don't see how you pass on someone like that.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 10:27 PM

Would rather have Johnathan Banks imo. Great cover corner.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 11:00 PM

If we drafted Milliner I would expect it to be the end of Gamble's tenure here. I wouldn't hate it, but if Hankins is there I don't see how you pass on someone like that.



yup. theres really never a time i disagree with you

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 11:03 PM

Haven't seen much on Banks, but from what I've read, Milliner is the best cover corner in the draft.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 11:05 PM

Would rather have Johnathan Banks imo. Great cover corner.



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Posted 22 December 2012 - 11:08 PM

If we drafted Milliner I would expect it to be the end of Gamble's tenure here. I wouldn't hate it, but if Hankins is there I don't see how you pass on someone like that.


I like Norman, but he still has a long way to go, I think Norman will eventually be good and since Gamble probably only has around 2 or 3 good years left anyway I think a Milliner, Gamble, Norman combo would be nice.

Drafting Milliner would solve our corner problem...

LCB: Chris Gamble, Josh Thomas
RCB: DeMarcus Milliner, Josh Norman
Nickel: Captain Munnerlyn

Your're essentially set there for quite a while if you draft Milliner.


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