Pro days are a good chance for prospects to make their mark for NFL scouts, but it also provides a chance for former players to come back and support their former teammates. A number of Alabama players showed up for the Crimson Tide’s pro day and Jet Dee Milliner was among them.
Milliner was asked about his transition to the NFL during an interview with TideTV and was honest, but upbeat.
“It started out rough last year, but we ended on a good note,” Milliner said during the interview. “We didn’t make the playoffs, but hopefully we’ll get there this year.”
When asked about the bright lights, Milliner said his time at one of the nation’s most renowned programs prepared him well for his time in New York.
“It was sorta the same as when I was in school at Alabama,” Milliner said. “You just have to watch what you do and pay attention to things. But have fun at the same time, enjoy yourself. It’s New York City, so you know you’re going to be able to see a lot of people and do a lot of things.”
While there are some similarities, Milliner did joke about one big difference.
“The cold weather gets to me every now and then.”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThe cold weather didn’t seem to make an impact on his play … quite the opposite. Over the last month of the season Milliner was scorchingly good. Milliner had three interceptions and 56 tackles as a rookie with the Jets and put up 10 passes defensed in a three week span.
The way Milliner ended the season is a good sign for a team moving on from both Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie at the position in a two year span. While there is still uncertainty about the second corner back spot, the Jets should be able to back-fill the role either through the NFL Draft or through the competition they’ve set up for the spot on their roster.
In addition, Milliner was just the subject of a positive 2014 projection by draft guru Gil Brandt. (TJB, April 10)