New York Jets Draft – Dee Milliner Thoughts, Predictions For Tonight

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A few quick thoughts on the New York Jets selection of Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner with the 9th overall pick, along with a few predictions for tonight

With the 9th overall pick the New York Jets were preparing to take West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin. However, after a somewhat surprising trade-up by the St. Louis Rams to snatch him away (Thanks Buffalo!), the Jets went with Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner.

I don’t doubt for a second that Milliner could have been the highest ranked defensive player on the Jets board. He was considered by many to be a top five overall talent and has the skill set and pedigree to be valued as the best secondary player in this draft. He is also one of the safer players taken in the top 15. It is hard to see Milliner not stepping in immediately and becoming a very competent starter right out of the gates.

We know Rex Ryan loves to leave his corners without support in coverage. Milliner can man up on the outside across from Antonio Cromartie and won’t lack the ability or confidence to handle the responsibility. Forget comparing him to Darrelle Revis. Nobody is Darrelle Revis. What Milliner should be is an immediate upgrade to Kyle WIlson, who doesn’t deserve to be anything more than a nickel back. If Milliner develops like he should in the Jets defensive system, he could quickly form one of the better cornerback duos in the NFL with Cromartie.

It is always encouraging to have a player from a team like Alabama who competed against the top teams college football and had immense success. The jump from high-end SEC football to the NFL shouldn’t be a major culture shock for Milliner.

The Jets defensive system places a high value on cornerbacks. With the departure of Darrelle Revis, Milliner was clearly too tempting to pass up after Austin was no longer an option.

A few thoughts on tonight -

1. It is clear the Jets devalue the outside linebacker position and hope to generate pass rush through their defensive line and by having an elite secondary to hold coverage. Do not expect the Jets to target an outside linebacker in the 2nd or 3rd round.

2. If Geno Smith is on the board at #39…a big if at this point…the Jets aren’t going to pass on him. I haven’t been hesitant to criticize Geno on this site as a potential top ten pick…in the second round? He does provide good value and would be a smart option to add immediate competition and talent to the quarterback position. He should also be playing with a big chip on his shoulder if taken at that point. A Smith selection would mean the Jets will be releasing a quarterback in the following couple of weeks after the draft.

3. Keep an eye on tight ends and wide receivers, particularly Zach Ertz, Travis Kelce, Markus Wheaton, and Steadman Bailey.

4. A couple of other names to watch – Jonathan Cyprien, DJ Swearinger, and Larry Warford.

7 thoughts on “New York Jets Draft – Dee Milliner Thoughts, Predictions For Tonight

  1. Joe… what about Safety!!! i feel like im going crazy. They passed on Kenny v twice, best safety in the draft and it doesn’t look like they are aiming for one in 2nd round. Am i the only one who doesn’t trust josh bush and Landry to be starting safeties next year. I think this is their biggest need area by far!!! Everyone is bashing them for going defense but what about neglecting your number 1 need going into the draft! They need a Center field safety in the worst way!

  2. My Choice would be Ertz, Cyprien, Lacy,or Warford in Round 2. No interest in a QB in the second Rd. A miss in that spot puts the Jets behind by a few more years. I’ll wait till 2014 for the QB after Sanchez is gone!

  3. Agree with Richard and would not be surprised if Cyprien is the choice if the Bengals pass on him.

  4. The only claim that Tavon Austin was even on the Jets’ radar was Manish Mehta of the NYDN. The same guy who yesterday wrote a two-page full-color article about how,if Rex Ryan has any clout left in the war room, he is supposed to lobby for a first-round quarterback to get a contract extention. I have not yet seen the paper today, but I expect last night’s picks to have reconfirmed Ryan’s clout, which no one has ever claimed he lost in the first place what are you talking about?

    Mehta has been wrong at every point in this offseason. What makes you think he was right here? Tavon Austin was in the Top 4 – no – the Top 3 of the board? Milliner and Richardson share a few rare aspects in this draft: they are solid prospects, with relatively few serious questions about themselves or their transition to the next level, who were rated by NFL teams and scouts as the best at their positions (most fans and outsiders had Richardson rated as the third DT, but there were reports that Floyd was third on the charts of some teams, and this seems to have been confirmed last night).

    You cannot even claim that Austin was the hands-down number one receiver in this draft.

  5. Also, there are a lot of decently rated pass-rushers still on the board. Arthur Brown, Alex Okafor, Damontre Moore, Sio Moore would be a reach at #39. But if the Jets continue to go with the BPA, a second-round pass rushing OLB would not surprise me.

  6. My predictions/possibilities for round 2:

    Jonathan Cyprien if he falls. If they cannot get a deal with NO for Ivory, maybe they go with Lacy or Bernard. There should be decent developmental replacements for Holmes (Woods, Patton, Hunter) available. Ertz would fill a need, but I do not know if he makes it past SF.

    Trade-downs are not only possible, they are a very viable option in this year’s second round. There will be starting depth going all the way into the third.

    It is going to be an interesting night.

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