Dee Milliner will soon go from one of the best cornerbacks in all of college to a budding star in the NFL. The NFL draft affords fans a moment to break down not only the talents, but the style of each amateur embarking to the pros.
The former Alabama standout has always been highly regarded for his athletic acumen. An ESPN report dated back to 2009 proves he wasn't always seen as a dynamic personality. At least, not until he began dominating for the Crimson Tide.
He looked like a regular high school kid wearing a regular sports windbreaker. No attention-drawing physique underneath that windbreaker. No noticeable tattoos. No earring. No air of superiority. He didn't speak much, and when he did, he spoke softly and politely.
Milliner is a throwback player who lets his play on the field do all his talking for him. The 6-foot, 185-pound Milliner is ESPN's No. 2 rated cornerback prospect in the country, and the top prospect in the state of Alabama.
Milliner continues to be a player who lets his play do the talking. That talent has done so much boasting that he is widely considered to be a top-10 pick, despite having a bevy of past injuries for teams to consider.
He has also gone from an amateur athlete with no ink to one who wears his tattoos with great pride.
Health remains the only real question on a talented corner who works hard and whose passions in life are emblazoned on his arms.
Bleacher Report's own Nick Kostora broke down some of the more famed athletes in the draft and ranked the ink they wear proudly on parts of their bodies.
Kenny Vaccaro took the top spot on his list, with Tyrann Mathieu, William Gholston and Jesse Williams also featured on the breakdown.
Milliner and his religious sleeves won quite the high praise from Kostora, who considered his ink to be the second best in the draft.
He also offered, "Milliner has tattoo sleeves from his shoulders to his elbows on both arms, including a portrait of Jesus and the cross on one arm and an inscription reading "family" on the other. All of his ink flows together to create a seamless collage that almost tells a story in and of itself."
It's incredibly difficult to continue moving towards a goal as lofty as the NFL, especially when you are beset by nagging injuries.
There must be something to the things Milliner holds most special, so much so that he had them permanently inked to his side.
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