NFL Draft: New York Jets select Dee Milliner with No. 9 pick

By John Breech |

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Dee Milliner's surgically repaired labrum didn't scare off the Jets as New York made him the No. 9 overall pick in the first round of Thursday's NFL Draft.

The former Crimson Tide star underwent surgery on a torn labrum in March and there was speculation that he could miss training camp. However, Milliner told's Clark Judge on Wednesday that he'll be ready for camp, which is good news for Rex Ryan and the Jets.

"I'm doing great, and I'm already ahead of schedule," Milliner said. "I'll be back well before training camp."

A healthy Dee Milliner is a dangerous Dee Milliner, just ask any team in the SEC. As a junior last season, Milliner broke up 18 passes, a number that ranked third nationally and ranks third on Alabama's all-time single-season list.

The Alabama-native started 29 games in his college career, including 11 as a true freshman. In 2010, Milliner totaled 55 tackles and broke up seven passes on his way to freshman All-American honors.

As's Rob Rang pointed out in his predraft analysis, Milliner is a ball hawk, "Excellent awareness and read/react ability, getting his head turned and uses his eyes well to quickly find the ball."

Milliner should be a solid -- and cheaper -- replacement for Darrelle Revis, who was traded to the Buccaneers in mid-April.

Milliner is the third Alabama defensive back in two years to be taken in the first round. Milliner's former Crimson Tide teammates Mark Barron and Dre Kirkpatrick were both selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

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