DeMarcus Milliner Scouting Report

 

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By PFC Draft Writer David Willemssen (@DavidWillemssen)

 

One of coach Nick Saban’s best pitch lines to recruiting is that the recruits will be competing against the best players in the nation. The 2010 www.scout.com #1 ranked CB Dee Milliner saw that first hand when he went to Alabama. Milliner started his collegiate career behind Dre Kirkpatrick and DeQuan Menzie who both play in the NFL. Milliner would end up playing in 13 games his freshmen year and being named a Freshmen All American by College Football News. He would continue to become a 2012 Unanimous 1st Team All American.

Strengths:

As most Alabama corners Milliner played a lot of zone coverage and used his physicality to his advantage, breaking on the ball, disrupting the pass. Milliner shows very good timing at attacking a receiver when the ball is coming. He also is good at getting to the ball at its highest point causing pass break ups which Millner lead the nation with in 2012 with 22 pbus. He showed his ability to get up high against Tyler Eifert in the National Championship.

Weaknesses:

Number one weakness for most Alabama corners is the backpedaling, due to not being asked to do so.  At the combine during drills Milliner stood high in his backpedal which causes you to lose leverage and burst. Another weakness for Milliner is his tackling ability. For a bigger corner you will see him diving for tackles, going for the feet and missing.

Tools:

Height- 5’11 and 3/4. Weight- 201 Milliner has 32 inch arms which is a reason he is so good at getting his hand on the ball. He also has a 36 inch vertical to help. Milliner’s biggest concern was his speed, however, at the combine Milliner ran a 4.37 40 proving critics wrong. Milliner is currently nursing a torn labrum in his right shoulder and only missed one game due to a hip flexor. Milliner is a very well built prospect that has had few injuries.

Intangibles:

Was a five star recruit. Three year starter for Alabama. Two national championships. 2010 freshmen all american, 2012 1st team all american, Runner up for Jim Thorpe Award and Bronko Nagurski Award.

Man Coverage:

Did not have to play a lot of man in college. Back pedal needs work. When Milliner had to run with receivers he does well at flipping his hips and keeping up. Has physical ability to be a good press man corner. In college would usually over extend in press. Was beat by quick receivers on slants early in carrer often. Has speed and athleticism to keep up with fast receivers. May have trouble with quick receivers.

Zone Coverage:

Milliner is a smart player and understood his zones well for the Crimson Tide. Breaks on ball quickly and can lay a hit on receiver if he cannot get his hand on the ball. A zone coverage scheme gives players a chance to make big hits and be disruptive and Milliner does both very well.

Tackling and Run Support:

Milliner will get in the mix on run support. Usually at the front of the line quickly and ready to attack. Often ends up diving at the feet of ball carriers instead of wrapping up. Can come in and deliver a big hit. One thing that stood out was how disciplined Milliner was with reverses.

Ball Skills and Return Game:

Nick Saban was not afraid to put his prime players on special teams. This resulted in Milliner being a very good special team player in the gunner role. Does not offer much as a return man.  Dee Milliner does not have a good set of hands to come up with interceptions.

Scheme and Draft Projection:

Milliner’s best scheme would be a Cover two team that allows him to use his instincts and attack the ball in the air rather than playing in a man scheme.  While Milliner may not be the play maker like Patrick Peterson or Morris Claiborne look for Milliner to still go top 10. He is a player that is very sound and gives receivers fits during the whole game.