The New York Jets drafted their Darrelle Revis replacement by selecting Dee Milliner with the ninth pick of the 2013 NFL draft. The former Alabama cornerback was the first defensive back selected in this year's draft.
It shouldn't take long before Milliner becomes one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL. He's got the physicality and athleticism to be a true shutdown corner.
Milliner's size will help him lineup across from bigger receivers, but also has the quickness to turn and run with speedier players. Playing for Alabama certainly helped him prepare playing against NFL-caliber talent.
One area where Milliner needs to improve is his ball skills, as his hands are somewhat suspect.
The Jets often boast one of the better defenses in terms of fantasy football, and the addition of Milliner will only help. Yes, they lost Revis, but Milliner should be able to step in right away and help the secondary.
He might not create many turnovers, but he should keep opposing offenses from having too big of an impact in the passing game.
With Revis gone, Milliner should step in right away and start at cornerback opposite Antonio Cromartie. While he could get some competition from Kyle Wilson, Milliner should win the starting job with ease.
With two picks in the first round, everyone knew the Jets were going to try to draft Revis' replacement in the first round. Milliner is one of the best cornerback prospects in this year's draft, so taking him with the ninth pick makes perfect sense.