Rant Sports 2013 NFL Mock Draft: Philadelphia Eagles Select Dee Milliner at No. 4

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As the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2013 Rant Sports NFL Mock Draft, I went with an obvious choice and picked Dee Milliner to fill the void left by star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

In Miller’s senior season at Alabama, he recorded 54 tackles and two interceptions. He wasn’t the guy that many quarterbacks wanted to throw at as he also racked up 18 pass deflections and looked like a consensus top-five pick.

With the 2013 NFL Draft quickly approaching, the Eagles need to address the need of a cornerback. They had the ninth best passing defense in the league last season due, in large part, to the veteran Asomugha. Cary Williams was brought in from the Baltimore Ravens to ease the need for a corner, but drafting Milliner would be nothing but helpful.

Besides the fifth-year veteran Williams, the Eagles have no cornerbacks on their roster that had more than 32 tackles last season and no one had more than one interception. This lack of depth and experience could be an issue and that’s precisely why bringing in Milliner to get a crack at starting would provide some young talent that will develop quickly.

Milliner is rated as the best cornerback in the draft and the junior gets this respect because of his ability to read the quarterback’s eyes and make a play down the field with his exceptional sub-4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash.

He is slightly taller than the average corner and his tackling ability at the position is impressive.

If the Eagles want to ease the loss of a talented all-pro type corner like Asomugha, they should draft Milliner.

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Connor Muldowney is a College Football writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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