Two-time National Champion. Jim Thorpe Award Finalist. 2012 first-team All-American. Dee Milliner’s resume is sparkling. In just 23 days he will add first round pick in the NFL draft to that resume as well. Milliner is the best cornerback in this year’s draft. Even though Alabama cornerbacks don’t have a great history at the next level, that should have no impact on Milliner. The only thing he shared with any of them is the same uniform. Milliner has excellent instincts, he is tough and matched up with some of the best wide receivers college football had to offer and he shined during his final season in Tuscaloosa. Given the team’s drafting in the first 15 picks this year, it won’t take long for Milliner to hear his name called on draft day.
Dee Milliner joined 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland with Bull and Fox to talk about whether he has started taking visits with teams, how his shoulder is doing, whether he has received any advice from his former teammate, Dre Kirkpatrick, what kind of player he is and what player he models his game after.
Whether he is taking visits with teams:
“I start doing that next week. I just had surgery about a week and a half ago so I’ve been doing rehab with that and took a little bit of time with that before I get started going out to see different teams.”
How his shoulder is doing:
“I feel great. I know it’s going to be a process with the rehab and all the things I have to go through to get back right, but for the most part I’m going to be good once I go through that. Once the time passes I know I will be back to 100 percent. Ready to get ready, grinding with whatever team selects me in the draft.”
Whether he has gotten any advice from former teammate Dre Kirkpatrick:
“Yes. Very much. That’s a good friend of mine that talks to me all the time. When I went back to ‘Bama before I had surgery, right after the combine, he was there working out so we talked. He’s a person that taught me a lot of things when I first got to ‘Bama. We still have that communication and friendship that we had when I first got to ‘Bama.”
What it was like to go up against Trent Richardson in practice two years ago:
“It was like going up against a little Mack Truck coming at you. Trent is a fun guy to be around. He’s a great player with his strength and power that he plays with. When you try to bring him down it’s like a truck you’re trying to hit. He’s a great running back and he helped me out also when I was at ‘Bama with different things as far as being competitive and just going about how to treat yourself and watch how you do things. Trent is a great guy. On the field he’s doing great things with the Browns and has a great future.”
On the kind of player he is:
“A great competitor. A player who is going to go out there and be the best at what he does. Just go out there and compete to the highest level. Make plays. Go out there and try to lock down whatever receiver he is on and prevent him from catching the ball.”
Who he models his game after:
“I looked at Deion (Sanders). Didn’t look at his actual games but watched his highlights on YouTube. I watch Champ Bailey. Joe Haden of course. Coming out of college he was one of the great DB’s in college. Patrick Peterson also. Different guys. Just try to combine myself with them and try to work like they did.”