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To put it bluntly, the Eagles secondary was abysmal for the majority of the season (Happy trails, Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie).
Milliner is far and away the best cornerback in this draft. When someone is the best at their position and available, you draft said person. When the person fits perfectly, as Milliner does, the move is a no-brainer.
One thing the Eagles have lacked during the last few seasons is solid and consistent tackling corners. Milliner brings this dimension. He is strong and extremely athletic, attributes that contribute to his ability to make open-field tackles and limit receivers to minimal yards after catch.
Milliner's strength also allows him to jam wide receivers at the line. He has the quickness, however, to recover and make plays on the ball, again using his strength to make it as uncomfortable as possible for receivers to make the catch.
He is about as NFL-ready as anyone else in this draft, a crucial intangible.
Milliner can step in and start right away in an Eagles secondary undergoing a makeover. Eagles fans are still waiting to land that special cornerback who can contribute at a consistent rate for numerous years.
They have been missing that type of player since Bobby Taylor and Troy Vincent departed.
Step right up, Dee Milliner.