04/25/2013 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 4. CB Dee Milliner, Alabama (6-0, 201, 3JR)...Although he doesn't have elite speed, Milliner makes up for his lack of quick-twitch athleticism with smooth hips, natural instincts and very good read/react skills. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/24/2013 - Here's what I know about Dee Milliner: He's the top cornerback in the draft, he had a productive career at Alabama and he's had a number of injuries -- including a torn labrum that required surgery in March. Here's what I don't know: How injuries and surgeries affect his draft status. Of course, neither does Milliner, but he was at an NFL predraft event on Wednesday to launch a pre-emptive strike, saying he expects to be in training camp on time, that his shoulder rehab is "ahead of schedule" and that there's no reason for teams to be concerned.
"I'm doing great, and I didn't miss any time with the injuries," he said. "All of them are minor. I don't even how all this got started, but I'm not really worried about it. Whatever teams takes a chance and picks me, I'll go out there play for them and play on. (What teams should know is that) I've been fine, I had minor surgeries and I missed no games."
What has been happening to Milliner the past week is not unusual for NFL drafts. The same thing happened to Adrian Peterson, when fears about a broken collarbone pushed his 2007 draft stock down so that Cleveland -- which drafted third -- passed and took tackle Joe Thomas instead. But the Browns weren't alone with their concerns. Peterson didn't land in Minnesota until the seventh pick.
"I have no problem with Milliner," one scout told me. "There's nothing there we didn't know. Basically, what you have to do is take everything you hear in the two weeks leading up to the draft and throw it out the window." - Clark Judge, CBSSports.com
04/21/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT: FIVE BOLD PREDICTIONS: 3. Five Alabama prospects in first two rounds...Eight Crimson Tide players were drafted in 2012, including five of the top 35 overall picks -- Trent Richardson, Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick, Dont'a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw. It's possible Alabama could produce four first-round picks again next week. The locks are cornerback Dee Milliner, guard Chance Warmack and offensive tackle D.J. Fluker.
Running back Eddie Lacy is a fringe round one guy and defensive tackle Jesse Williams might fit into the top 50 because of his 3-4 experience. He's one of the few true 3-4 nose tackles in the pool. The trend will continue next season, when quarterback A.J. McCarron and wide receiver Kevin Norwood lead the '14 Tide draft parade. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
03/13/2013 - 2013 Alabama Pro Day: Alabama had four first-round picks in 2012, and four in 2011. The Crimson Tide could match that number in April. Or possibly exceed it. Cornerback Dee Milliner, offensive guard Chance Warmack, offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, Williams and running back Eddie Lacy are candidates to go in the first round on April 25. Milliner, the No. 1-ranked cornerback in the draft, is recovering from shoulder surgery and his All-Pro junior season, combined with a stellar combine workout left him nothing to prove to evaluators. He had his arm in a sling after surgery to repair a torn labrum. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
02/26/2013 - Two quick caveats: The combine doesn't change what people think about you, and the 40 isn't the end-all, be-all for cornerbacks. That being said, congratulations, Dee Milliner, you just made yourself some money. Milliner shredded the 40-yard dash on Tuesday, running the fastest time of all defensive backs unofficially. Milliner ran a 4.31 40 in his first attempt and then hit a 4.37 in his second attempt, just in case anyone needed validation. My favorite part about this? Milliner's response to reporters when they asked him Sunday what he would run. "Watch the NFL Combine," Milliner said more than once.
There's no question Milliner's the top cornerback in the 2013 NFL Draft class. And now he looks like a virtual lock to go in the top 10 come April; I mocked him to the Browns at No. 6 and that's the furthest he fell in all of our mocks.
So it's not like we're talking about a guy who was going to plummet with a slower 40 time. What makes his performance important is it's probably the last time we'll see him. Milliner will have surgery to repair a torn labrum (let's not forget he's busting out his 40 time with that injury) in between the combine and Alabama's pro day on March 13. He'll supposedly be ready for training camp, so there's not much concern about drafting him. Which means if someone wants Milliner on their team, they'll probably need to be holding a top-five pick by the time the draft rolls around. - Will Brinson, CBSSports.com
02/24/2013 - Alabama junior cornerback Dee Milliner might be the top-ranked cornerback in the class, but analysts question whether he has the elite athleticism to be a No. 1 cornerback. Confidence, he said, is a necessity he doesn't leave home without. Driven by questions of whether he can match up with NFL receivers, Milliner said he can make a "big difference" changing minds this week. So, to people with those doubts: "Watch the NFL Combine," he said.
Milliner will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder but is first participating in defensive back workouts in Indianapolis Tuesday. He'll pass only on the bench press for obvious reasons and has 20 formal interviews scheduled to begin Monday. "It was fine, everybody knows I have the torn labrum," Milliner said. "When I have surgery (March 12), it'll be probably two months (rehab)."
He played through the injury last season and didn't miss any time. There are plenty of teams with draft picks in the top 10 in need of cornerback help. Detroit has the fifth overall pick and is often being linked to the Crimson Tide All-American. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
02/21/2013 - Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner will undergo surgery on a torn labrum in his right shoulder, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Milliner injured the shoulder at some point last season, though he wasn't forced to miss any time and he will fully cooperate in this week's NFL scouting combine. The surgery will take place after the combine and before Alabama's pro day, which is March 13. However, Milliner is expected to be fully healthy by the beginning of training camp in July.
"The doctors have informed us that he will be 100 percent and fully recovered in time for training camp in July," Tony Fleming, one of Milliner's representatives with Impact Sports, told Schefter. "We will be providing all NFL clubs information prior to surgery and updates close to the draft." Milliner is projected by most experts to be the first defensive back taken in April's NFL Draft, and the surgery is not expected to impact that status. - Evan Hilbert, CBSSports.com
02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Most to gain: Alabama's Dee Milliner is NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated cornerback and has played well in precisely this role for the Crimson Tide throughout his career. He's considered a virtual lock to go in the first round but there are some questions regarding his straight-line speed. Should he silence those critics by running anything under a 4.50 in the 40-yard dash, Milliner could contend for a spot among the top 10. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/11/2013 - Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner, running back Eddie Lacy and offensive tackle D.J. Fluker announced on Thursday that they will forego their senior seasons and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. All three project as potential top-40 selections in April. Milliner is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 1 cornerback prospect and is a projected top-10 pick. He finished 2012 with 54 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and two interceptions. Milliner led the SEC with 22 passes defended and earned First Team All-SEC honors.
Listed at 6-1 and 198 pounds, he has an impressive combination of size, length and strength for the position. Though he probably won't run a blazing 40-yard dash time, he has enough speed to be an impact starter in the NFL. Milliner is extremely aggressive with the ball in the air and plays with excellent timing, instincts and anticipation. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/07/2013 - This will be the Tide's 60th bowl appearance, more than any school in the history of college football. They boast a 33-22-3 record, with one vacated appearance, and are 1-1 in two previous bowl appearances against Notre Dame. Alabama is 4-1 in five bowl games under Saban, including last season's 21-0 shutout of LSU in the BCS title game.
Scouting the Alabama pass defense: There were a few concerns in November as LSU, Texas A&M and Georgia were able to work over cornerbacks like Deion Belue, John Fulton and Geno Smith to make plays and keep the defense on the field. CB Dee Milliner is NFL-ready and teams have stayed away from him most of the year. The Tide have been able to get pressure from a number of sources this year, recording 33 sacks. LB Adrian Hubbard has a half-dozen sacks, but five others have multiple sacks. - The Sports Xchange
12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM: CB - Dee Milliner, junior, 6-1, 199, Alabama...Milliner leads the nation with 18 broken up passes and is tied for second with 20 passes defended, while making 51 tackles with four tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. - Alabama football
12/16/2012 - 2012 WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM: DB Dee Milliner, Alabama, 6-1 199 Jr., Millbrook, AL...Milliner has been a stalwart in the back end of the Crimson Tide's top-ranked defense. He was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award and the Bronko Naguraski Award. He leads the nation with 18 broken up passes and is tied for second with 20 passes defended, while making 51 tackles with four tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. - Alabama football
12/16/2012 - 2012 AFCA FBS COACHES' ALL-AMERICA TEAM: DB Dee Milliner, Jr., Alabama...Milliner, who hails from Millbrook, Ala., has been a stalwart in the back end of the Crimson Tide's top-ranked defense. He was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award and the Bronko Naguraski Award. He leads the nation with 18 broken up passes and is tied for second with 20 passes defended, while making 51 tackles with four tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. - Alabama football
12/16/2012 - 2012 NCAA FBS CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICAN: DB - x-Dee Milliner (Unanimous), Alabama, 6-1, 199, junior...Milliner, who hails from Millbrook, Ala., has been a stalwart in the back end of the Crimson Tide's top-ranked defense. He was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award and the Bronko Naguraski Award. He leads the nation with 18 broken up passes and is tied for second with 20 passes defended, while making 51 tackles with four tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. - Alabama football
12/07/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): CB - Dee Milliner (Unanimous), Alabama, Jr., has been selected First Team All-Southeastern Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Milliner is tied for third nationally in passes defended with 18 (16 PBU, 2 INT) and has 51 tackles with four tackles for loss. His 18 pass breakups are also a career best and rank third on Alabama's single-season list. Throughout his career, Milliner has collected 34 pass breakups, ranking him second in school history and tied for second among active players nationally. - Alabama football
12/07/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB - Dee Milliner, Alabama, has been selected First Team All-Southeastern Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Milliner, a native of Millbrook, Ala., is tied for third nationally in passes defended with 18 (16 PBU, 2 INT) and has 51 tackles with four tackles for loss. His 18 pass breakups are also a career best and rank third on Alabama's single-season list. Throughout his career, Milliner has collected 34 pass breakups, ranking him second in school history and tied for second among active players nationally. - Alabama football
12/05/2012 - Southeastern Conference Champion Alabama had the most representatives on the 2012 All-SEC Coaches' Football Team, the league office announced on Tuesday. Alabama had eight total members, including six on the first team. Florida was close behind with seven, while Eastern Division Champion Georgia and Tennessee had six each. Ten of the 14 SEC schools had a member on the first-team All-SEC squad.
Alabama led with six, while Florida had five and Texas A&M with four. LSU, South Carolina and Texas A&M had five total members on the annual list, while Mississippi State was next with four total selections. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players. Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) and Todd Gurley (Georgia)?were the only freshmen to make the squad, with Manziel the only newcomer to earn a spot on the first team. - SEC football
11/21/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY AWARD FINALIST (MOST OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER): Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama (6-1, 199, Jr., Millbrook, Ala.): One of the top players on defense for the 9-1 Crimson Tide, Milliner has 44 tackles (27 unassisted). He has four tackles for loss (for minus-19 yards), 1.5 of those are sacks (for minus-11 yards). He has two interceptions with 35 yards in returns. Adding to those totals are 14 passes broken up, 16 deflections, one forced fumble and one blocked kick. Milliner is the fifth Alabama finalist for the Nagurski Trophy (Antonio Langham, 1993; DeMeco Ryans, 2005; Terrence Cody, 2009; Mark Barron, 2011). - Charlotte TD Club
11/21/2012 - 2012 JIM THORPE AWARD FINALIST (NATION'S OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE BACK): Dee Milliner (Alabama)... Milliner, from Millbrook, Ala., is the Tide's second Thorpe Award finalist in the past two years (Mark Barron, 2011). He is also a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award, which goes to the National Defensive Player of the Year. Milliner leads the SEC and ranks eighth nationally with 1.6 passed defended per game.
Milliner has 45 tackles from his cornerback position in 2012. He has started 10 games and accounted for 14 pass breakups and two interceptions while making four tackles for loss (19 yards) and 1.5 sacks (11 yards). His 30 career pass breakups are tied for third in school history and third in the NCAA among active players. - Alabama football
11/17/2012 - Scouts would be wise to notice Nagurski finalists: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama*: The Crimson Tide may not be able to successfully repeat as BCS champions but in the eyes of scouts, Nick Saban's team remains the most talented in the country -- in large part due to their defense. While front-seven defenders CJ Mosley and Jesse Williams (among others) get the lion's share of the credit for Alabama's success on the defensive side of the ball, Milliner has been the Tide's most consistent defender.
He leads the SEC with 14 passes broken up and has two interceptions, four tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a blocked kick. At 6-1, 198 pounds, Milliner possesses the length to compete against the bigger, physical receivers in today's NFL and is currently the top-rated cornerback in the country by NFLDraftScout.com. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/22/2012 - Alabama has run its streak of weeks at No. 1 in the Associated Press college football poll to eight, the longest stay atop the rankings by the Crimson Tide. Alabama received 59 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel. The Tide has twice previously been No. 1 for seven consecutive weeks -- in 1979 when Bear Bryant coached Bama to a national title and in 1980 when the Tide finished sixth. Oregon is No. 2 for the fifth consecutive week, though the gap between the Ducks and No. 3 Florida, which received the other first-place vote, narrowed after the Gators beat South Carolina 44-11 on Saturday. Alabama had gone three straight weeks as unanimous No. 1. The rest of the top six was also unchanged after No. 4 Kansas State, No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 6 LSU all won. South Carolina dropped from ninth to No. 17. - AP Sports
10/01/2012 - WEEK 5 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: CB DEE MILLINER (Alabama) -- Recorded four tackles with an interception, four pass deflections and a half-sack against Ole Miss. - SEC football
09/11/2012 - CB Dee Milliner (hip flexor) sat out against Western Kentucky, although he told the coaches that he could play if really needed. It would appear that his chances of playing at Arkansas are very good, based on that assessment. - The Sports Xchange
09/07/2012 - LOOKING GOOD: Where to start? The offense was balanced, capable of grinding out long drives on the ground or finishing them quickly with bombs in the air. The defense did what it's done for most of Saban's tenure, shutting down the ground game and forcing the opponent to be one-dimensional. The kicking game, except for a couple of Michigan kickoff returns, mostly won that aspect of the night. CB Dee Milliner is the most experienced man in the secondary, aside from S Robert Lester, and played like it against Michigan. Milliner finished with five tackles, four pass breakups and an interception as the Crimson Tide forced Denard Robinson into an 11-of-26 night. - The Sports Xchange
09/07/2012 - CB Dee Milliner was the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his outstanding performance against Michigan. Milliner finished with five tackles, four pass breakups and an interception. He also earned Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week honors. - The Sports Xchange
09/04/2012 - SEC: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS RISING: Dee Milliner, Alabama: NFL scouts already knew Milliner's name, but his stock took off after a huge game in the national spotlight Saturday in a 41-14 win over Michigan. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound CB was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week after he recorded five tackles, a career-high four pass deflections, and an interception. The junior returned the interception 35 yards, setting up Alabama's third score of the game. You can see him next: Saturday vs. Western Kentucky, 3:40 p.m. ET (SEC Network). - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com
09/04/2012 - WEEK 1 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Alabama Crimson Tide junior cornerback Dee Milliner has been selected by the Maxwell Football Club as the Chuck Bednarik Award presented by Cracker Barrel Player of the Week. Milliner, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound defensive back had five tackles, four pass deflections and an interception in Alabama's 41-14 win Saturday against the Michigan Wolverines in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. His four pass deflections, all in the first half, were a career high. "He did a really good job," head coach Nick Saban said of Milliner. "We flip flopped corners. He played into the boundary. He'll do whatever we need him to do as a team. Dee is an outstanding player for us and hopefully will continue to play well throughout the year." Michigan attempted to exploit Milliner on offense, throwing in his direction on their first play from scrimmage, then again on the Wolverines' next first-down play. Both passes resulted in his first two pass breakups. "I felt like every play they were throwing my way, but I'm glad they did so I could go out and make the plays that I did," said the junior from Millbrook. Milliner was also selected as the Walter Camp Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday for his performance. - Tony Orlando, BamaHammer.com
09/04/2012 - Alabama's Dee Milliner has been named the Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week. The junior cornerback recorded five tackles, intercepted one pass and broke up four others in a season-opening 41-14 victory over Michigan. He returned the interception 35 yards to the Michigan 17-yard line, setting up the Tide's third score. On the interception, Milliner pushed the intended receiver out of bounds but was not penalized for pass interference because the pass was not yet in the air. Where did he learn that move? "Just running in the backyard," Milliner said. He was asked if he was looking for a penalty flag. "No, I was looking for the ball when I turned around," he said. At first, he did not realize the receiver had gone out of bounds. "Then when I caught the ball, I didn't see anybody behind me, so when I caught it I knew he was either down or he fell or something," Milliner said. The play ended with Milliner crashing into Denard Robinson. Did Milliner hit the Michigan quarterback, or did he hit Milliner? "I saw him coming at me, getting ready to make the tackle," Milliner said. "I tried to tense up a little bit, either try to make a move to get by him or just try to run past him." Milliner caught some grief from teammates. "They said that he tackled me," Milliner said. "It's a big thing when the QB hits you and knocks you out of the play. It was a joke that they were saying that, you let a quarterback tackle you." - Don Kausler Jr., The Birmingham News
09/03/2012 - WEEK 1 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Dee Milliner, Cornerback, Alabama...Milliner totaled five tackles, four pass deflections and an interception in Alabama's 41-14 win against #8 Michigan in Arlington, Texas...His four pass deflections, all in the first half, were a career-high...He returned the interception 35 yards to the Michigan 17 yardline, which set up the Tide's third score to take a 21-0 lead...The Alabama defense forced three interceptions and limited the Wolverines to just 269 yards of total offense...For his efforts, Milliner was also named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week. - SEC football
09/02/2012 - WEEK 1 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Dee Milliner, Alabama, Junior, Cornerback, Millbrook, AL/Stanhope Elmore...Alabama junior cornerback Dee Milliner recorded five tackles (3 solo), one interceptions and broke up four passes as the second-ranked Crimson Tide defeated eighth-ranked Michigan, 41-14. Milliner led an Alabama defense that held the Wolverines to just 268 yards of total offense. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation
09/01/2012 - Dee Milliner and that Alabama defense showed they can still dominate. Even after sending three starting defenders from last year's national championship team to the NFL as first-round draft picks, the second-ranked Crimson Tide threw around eighth-ranked Michigan while pounding Denard Robinson in a season-opening 41-14 victory Saturday night. C.J. Mosley returned an interception 16 yards for a touchdown for the Tide. AJ McCarron, no longer with third overall draft pick Trent Richardson to hand the ball off to, threw two touchdowns as Alabama won its 11th consecutive season opener. Milliner, the primary nickelback last season now in a starting role, deflected four passes in the first half, and had an interception after shoving intended receiver Roy Roundtree to the ground and into the Alabama sideline. That set up a touchdown for the Crimson Tide, which shot out to a 31-0 lead. While Michigan still can recover to contend for a Big Ten title and possible Rose Bowl bid, this could be a confidence-shaking performance. It certainly wasn't what Michigan expected coming off an 11-win season under first-year coach Brady Hoke that ended with the Wolverines' first BCS victory since the 1999 season. They were without suspended running back Fitzgerald Toussaint and defensive end Frank Clark, but even with them probably weren't ready for the toughest of tests. Unfortunately for Hoke and the Wolverines, this is Alabama - still at its very best. Even coach Nick Saban was applauding the performance as the final seconds ticked off the clock. - AP Sports
08/08/2012 - Dee Milliner can identify with the blank stares, the tentativeness, the feeling of being lost that Alabama's younger cornerbacks are feeling as the first week of training camp unfolds. He was there in 2010. "My first camp I thought I'd never played football ever in my life when I got here," Alabama's junior cornerback from Millbrook said Sunday at the Tide's media day. "It's going to be rough. It's camp, getting ready for the season. You've just got to compete every day and get better every day and you'll be fine." Further plaguing his first training camp was the fact he was sidelined for several practices with a sprained ankle. Despite his inexperience and the missed practice time Milliner won a job in a rebuilt Crimson Tide secondary. This fall, Alabama must replace two cornerbacks who were NFL draft picks - first round selection Dre Kirkpatrick and fifth-rounder DeQuan Menzie. Milliner started 11 games as a true freshman and six games last season and has played in all 26 of Alabama's games over the past two seasons. Playing cornerback in Alabama's defensive scheme tests the body and the mind. It demands run support responsibilities, but also a lot of man-to-man coverages. It is the position Saban personally supervises. Milliner is the leader of that group. He has recorded 82 tackles, forced a fumble, broken up 16 passes and recorded four career interceptions, three of which came last season. "Man, he knows his defense," receiver Kevin Norwood said of the junior. "He's physical. He's able to cover well." - Ken Rogers, The Dothan Eagle
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM (COACHES): DB - Dee Milliner, Alabama, has been selected third team All-SEC for the 2012 college football season as selected by the SEC head coaches. - Alabama football
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): DB Dee Milliner (47), Alabama, Jr., has been selected second team All-SEC for the 2012 college football season as selected by the SEC media. - Alabama football
07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. - The Charlotte Touchdown Club