Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE
Dee Milliner: Cornerback from Alabama
The reliance on Joe Haden by the Cleveland Browns can not be ignored.
As seen in the Browns' overtime loss to Dallas on November 18, and in the four games earlier this season when Haden was suspended, there is a dramatic drop off in cornerback performance when No. 23 is out of the lineup.
Possessing a standout CB is great. Having the secondary collapse when he is out, isn't.
The aging Sheldon Brown is a step behind the NFL's top receivers, and next man up Buster Skrine is consistently overmatched when playing on the outside.
There is no doubt that addressing the spot opposite Haden has to be the Browns' number one priority.
1. Dee Milliner
Rated as the best corner in the draft and steadily rising in the overall rankings, Dee Milliner instantly would give Cleveland its answer for a second outside corner.
This Alabama standout leads the SEC with 14 pass breakups to go along with 45 tackles, two interceptions and 1.5 sacks this season.
At 6'1" Milliner possesses the size and athleticism to hang with the league's best wide receivers.
2. Johnthan Banks
Another 6'1" corner, Banks has the size NFL scouts are looking for. He demonstrates excellent field vision and instincts, which has allowed him to be a ball hawk over his college career.
The only problem with this Mississippi State senior is his lack of elite speed if caught off guard and forced to recover.
Banks can still be a day one starter, however, he may be a better fit at free safety once he settles into the NFL.
3. Xavier Rhodes
Utilizing a large frame at 217 pounds and over six feet tall makes Xavier Rhodes an attractive prospect.
From Miami, Florida he has been bitten by the injury bug on multiple occasions, but is definitely NFL material.
Rhodes is fast, physical, a great tackler and can knock receivers off course at the line of scrimmage. If this junior can stay disciplined he could move up to the first round or be a steal in the second.
4. David Amerson
The tallest of the top-five ranked corners, David Amerson has shown steady progression in his first two seasons of college ball. He is a student of the game, with a competitive drive that coaches and scouts are constantly impressed with.
Opposing quarterbacks have learned to stay away from the North Carolina State CB as his rare combination of size and quickness dominates No. 1 wideouts.
Amerson earned All-American status in 2011 and is no stranger to multi-intercepton games. Starting the year marked to go 40th in CBS Sports prospect ratings, there is now speculation that he could jump up and be taken in the opening round's first half.
5. Jordan Poyer
An arrest for an alleged bar fight back in May, could cause teams to pause in making Jordan Poyer a first round choice. Based on the talent above him, a second pick is most likely where he will end up.
What has made 2012 impressive for the senior is that he was able to rise to the occasion when cornerback partner, Brandon Hardin, was sidelined from a broken shoulder.
In only his second year as a CB he amassed career highs in interceptions, tackles and broken up passes. A bonus is that Poyer is a superb kick/punt returner