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Dee Milliner began the college season as a late teens first round prospect, but a stellar 2012 puts him as high as top 10 in some circles.
A unanimous selection to First Team All-SEC is gravy for this junior who will start in the BCS National Championship on Jan. 7.
The Alabama Crimson Tide cornerback is knotted at third in the NCAA for passes defended with 16 breakups and two interceptions.
Four tackles for a loss and 51 tackles overall, round out this bruising defender's year to date.
Dane Brugler from CBS Sports commented, "(Milliner) plays tight bump-and-run and enjoys pressing with little cushion. Closes quickly and baits throws, looking to make a play on each snap...physical striker and does a nice job avoiding blocks while keeping his eye on the ball."
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE BROWNS
At 6'1" Milliner possesses the size and athleticism to hang with the league's best wide receivers.
The Millbrook, Alabama native never backs down and is the in-your-face CB that this club needs.
His talents of analyzing the pre-snap, quick decision making and attacking the run all show signs of a future star.
Milliner's over aggressiveness can cause him at times to miss some tackles. This is a maturity issue and can be corrected through coaching.
It would not be something to prevent him from being a day one starter.
In the five games without star CB Joe Haden this season, the Cleveland secondary completely crumbled.
Cornerback is the most glaring need and more specifically an outside presence opposite Haden.
Buster Skrine and Dimitri Patterson (when healthy) are nice options to cover the inside.
However, neither have the ability to consistently take on top receivers. Especially Skrine, who's penalty riddled performance in the overtime loss to Dallas bordered on embarrassing.
11-year veteran Sheldon Brown's play through week 15 proves that he can still be a major contributor. His next move needs to be to free safety where he will not be a liability in the speed department against a hot shot WR.
The Browns do not have the luxury to take a later round cornerback that will end up in the slot. They have enough of those already.
It must be either a number one pick or stellar free agent that comes in. Otherwise, an injury to Haden would once again prove disastrous.