With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers targeting cornerbacks in the 2013 NFL Draft, any news about players at that position moving up and down the draft board due to injuries and other issues is big news. Dee Milliner from Alabama, universally considered to be the best corner in the draft, is the topic of some big news that could impact his draft status. It was reported today by Adam Schefter of ESPN that the top defensive back prospect would need surgery to repair a torn labrum. He will still participate in the combine drills and have the surgery after the event, and his camp says he would be ready for any training camp after the operation. Here’s the direct quote from his representation:
“The doctors have informed us that he will be 100 percent and fully recovered in time for training camp in July,” said Tony Fleming, one of Milliner’s reps with Impact Sports. “We will be providing all NFL clubs information prior to surgery and updates close to the draft.”
If Milliner’s injury causes any doubt about his status as a prospect, he could easily fall to number 13 to the Buccaneers. This would likely be the perfect scenario for Mark Dominik, as Milliner is clearly a step ahead of all the prospects in this draft at his position. He would be an excellent fit in the Buccaneers’ defense, and selecting him at 13 means a lower paycheck than trading up to take him at a higher position.
But does the injury concern the Buccaneers at all? This weekend at the NFL Combine is the perfect chance to figure that out and be as certain as possible about the long term health of this young man. If Tampa Bay can come away confident that Milliner will be 100% to start his NFL career, he could be the steal of draft day at the 13th selection. So what do you think, Buccaneer fans? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!