On the final day of the 2013 NFL combine, defensive backs had their chance to show teams what they can offer. With the Oakland Raiders needing secondary help this offseason, several prospects could have caught their attention including Alabama's Dee Milliner.
Milliner is regarded as a concensious top cornerback in the 2013 NFL Draft. The Raiders hold the third overall selection. Last season Oakland moved free safety Michael Huff to cornerback after injuries decimated the position. Phillip Adams, who started two games last season, is a restricted free agent and nickleback Joselio Hanson is an unrestricted free agent. Looking for help, the Raiders saw strong performances from the position at the combine Tuesday.
The 6-0, 201 pound Milliner was a key cog in back to back Alabama national championships. He raced to a 4.37 forty yard dash and leaped 36 inches in the vertical jump. Milliner deserves a long look from the Raiders at the number three overall slot, but the team has needs and both lines. Without a second or fifth round selection, the Raiders may wait until the third or fourth round to address the cornerback weakness. If that is the case, several other cornerbacks showed well Tuesday.
Mississippi State's Darius Slay ran the fasted forty yard dash among the defensive backs at 4.36, adding 14 bench press reps at 225 pounds. Brandon McGee out of the University of Miami placed sixth in the forty yard dash with a 4.4, was a top performer in the cone drill at 6.71 seconds, and benched 14 reps. Johnny Adams of Michigan State played for Raiders head coach Dennis Allen at the Senior Bowl. He ran a 4.48 forty and bench pressed 16 reps. The 6-1, 205 pound David Amerson out of North Carolina State ran a 4.4 forty and bench pressed 15 reps.
The Raiders will address the cornerback position this offseason and this year's NFL Draft looks to have depth at the position. Their number one priority may be resigning a current player or adding a free agent, but the team will still need to fill the position, elevating the chances they find a cornerback in the upcoming draft.
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