2013 NFL Draft 9th Pick: CB Dee Milliner
Headline: The Milliner Peninsula?
With the 9th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the New York Jets selected CB Dee Milliner out of Alabama. A consensus top 10 overall pick, its fair to say the Jets received good value in their selection of Milliner. Many draft experts had Milliner in the top-5 if not for a recent reported shoulder injury.
The problem many Jets' fans will have with this, Milliner is basically asked to replace what many believe to be a Hall of Fame cornerback in Darrelle Revis (traded to the Bucs for the 13th pick). New GM John Idzik needed to hit a home run here and no one can really say that he did.
If Jets' fans had the wherewithal to calm down a bit, the selection of Milliner does make some sense. The trade of Revis left the Jets with a gaping hole in the starting secondary and Milliner slides right into the starting mix next to Pro-Bowler CB Antonio Cromartie. Cromartie and slot CB Kyle Wilson along with Milliner form a solid secondary.
Unfortunately, Milliner will always be in the shadow of 'Revis Island' and the great defensive play he brought NY fans over the years. Time will tell if Milliner can handle the pressure of the New York media and the constant attention he will garner.
Milliner was one of the highest rated players on the board at the time of the selection. The Jets found it to be their best option and that's why we watch and the big boys (Rex Ryan) are paid to make those decisions. Milliner is a boom or bust pick and one that will be constantly talked about for years to come.