2013 NFL Mock Draft: The San Diego Chargers Select…
By Ernie Padaon
Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver DaVaris Daniels (10) makes a catch against Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Dee Milliner (28) during the second half of the 2013 BCS Championship game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
It has been awhile since we have checked in on the FanSided NFL Mock draft, so let’s go take a look to see who they have us mocking this time around with that 11th pick in the draft. Here is what they are doing with our 11th:
11. San Diego Chargers – Dee Milliner, Cornerback, AlabamaSan Diego would love to land the top cornerback in the draft and this scenario allows Milliner to fall right into their laps. Many mocks have Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher mocked to the Chargers, but these mocks seem to be ignoring the fact that both of the Chargers starting cornerbacks are unrestricted free agents. If you are in the market for a starting corner and can land a player like Milliner, you need to jump on that opportunity.
Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher was available with the 11th pick and they decided to pass on him for Bama CB Dee Milliner. There comes the question of drafting for biggest need or for best available player. The Chargers are in need of a corner, but is it the biggest need for the team.
Milliner will likely be the top corner taken in the draft. If we were to take him, he could play opposite of Antoine Cason (if we chose to keep him around) or Shareece Wright. Drafting Milliner would allow us to use money that we would have used on Cason and allot it to a different position, like Left Tackle or Left Guard.
Here is the scouting report on Milliner from CBS Sports:
STRENGTHS: Built well for the position. Plays with excellent coordination and smooth hips, using his arms and hands to knock down throws. Excellent awareness and read/react ability, getting his head turned and uses his eyes well to quickly find the ball.
Attacks the run and is a very good tackler, never backing down. He is a bruising hitter and does a nice job separating ball from receiver with terrific timing. Plays tight bump-and-run and enjoys pressing with little cushion. Closes quickly and baits throws, looking to make a play on each snap.
Smart and disciplined, but not shy about coming off his man to make a play. Physical striker and does a nice job avoiding blocks while keeping his eye on the ball. He processes information quickly and looks comfortable in space.
WEAKNESSES: Lacks elite speed and quick-twitch ability. Plays too aggressive at times and will take himself out of the play, missing some tackles. Has just one full season as a starter. Needs to refine some of his cover technique, most notably his backpedal.
So ‘BOLT BEATERS’, draft Milliner over Eric Fisher?