As reported by Manish Mehta and Gary Myers from the New York Daily News, the New York Jets may be interested in the NFL Draft’s top cornerback from Alabama, Dee Milliner. After all the speculation swirling around the Jets’ top cornerback Darrelle Revis that amounted to nothing, this may be a sign of where the Jets are heading.
If the Jets do trade Darrelle Revis, Milliner—considered the best player at his position in the draft—would be a good replacement. The Jets have the ninth overall pick in this year’s draft, so obtaining the cornerback from Alabama is not out of the question. Question is, should the team go for that position with the ninth pick? With other teams ahead of the Jets, and in serious need of secondary help, the Jets may have to trade up to draft Milliner. Would it be worth it?
The former five-star recruit would be a great addition to the Jets secondary. He showed off his speed at the NFL Combine, breaking a 4.4 40-yard dash time, he is also athletic enough to read plays quickly and break on the ball in a hurry. He can play a zone scheme, man-to-man coverage and is physical enough to help on run defense.
Milliner locates the ball well in the air and can be a ball hawk. If beaten at the line of scrimmage, his closing speed will help him out in time make a play for the ball.