After watching players rumored to be on the New York Jets’ radar getting plucked by others, new GM John Idzik filled an obvious need in the secondary by selecting Dee Milliner with the ninth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Milliner is considered the best cornerback in this year’s draft, and showed exceptional talent at Alabama. Five surgeries and three major injuries before he sees a snap on an NFL field is concerning, especially after losing a corner last season to a major injury. There’s no way to deny that Milliner will be compared to Darrelle Revis at every opportunity, so he must embrace the challenge and make fans forget (if only for four quarters).
In 2012, Dee Milliner was a First-Team All American and First Team All-SEC (unanimous). He recorded 54 tackles, with four for a loss, and 18 passes defensed. He’s a six-foot, 200lb athlete who ran a 4.35-40 yard dash, and played against some of the best competition in college football. The Jets have needs everywhere; they filled one by selecting Milliner with the ninth pick.
With pick 13, the Jets stayed defense and selected Sheldon Richardson out of Missouri. At 6’2” and 294lbs, Richardson played against SEC talent and held his own. He’s got quick feet for his size according to most experts, which will allows him to consume offensive lineman while avoiding double-teams. The Second Team All-SEC standout had 75 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks in 2012.
The Jets had needs at almost every position, but I would have preferred to see them attack the offensive side of the ball… or drop back and accumulate some picks for next year’s (deeper) draft. I like the selections of Milliner and Richardson, but not with all those glaring needs on offense!
-Joseph Haas Editor, HCoftheNYJ.com
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