PFT ‘Tis the season for misinformation with the NFL draft just three days away and Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner could be the latest prospect to find himself in the crosshairs. A report came out Monday saying that Milliner may not be ready for the start of training camp as he continues to recover from a surgery to his labrum following the NFL combine. If true, it’s increasingly more likely that Milliner, considered the top defensive back in the draft, could slip during the first round on Thursday night. However, the validity of that information may be tough to determine this close to the draft. In fact, those around the NFL are already questioning it. “Teams have known about these surgeries all along,” a source told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “They haven’t been a secret and this is not a big issue.” Per Cabot, those she has talked to believe the negative reports are part of a smear campaign against Milliner in hopes of dropping his draft stock. A team hopeful to snag Milliner later in the draft could be pushing the narrative of his recovery not going to plan in hopes teams would shy away at the last-minute. However, with all the medical checks prospects undergo during the lead up to the draft – Milliner was evaluated again by league personnel at the combine re-check just three weeks ago – teams should feel very comfortable about their evaluation of his medicals. It would be a surprise to see his stock slide considerably at this stage in the process.
This is the ugly part of the NFL Draft. Yesterday, during our “2013 NFL Draft Rumors: 72 Hours Until Round One” (link below) post, we reported hearing that Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner may be sliding on draft day due to problems with shoulder surgery that could keep him out of training camp. It turns out that these rumors are likely false, and a team is spreading misinformation on Milliner’s shoulder, in an attempt to get him to fall into their laps later in the first round. By causing a player’s draft stick to drop, an NFL team could cost a young, talented man millions of dollars due to a false injury report. The good news is, NFL teams have done their due diligence on Milliner, and his shoulder injury should not alter his draft stock. Teams and their doctors have done their homework, especially on the top cornerback in the draft, and have formulated their own opinions on Milliner.
If I had to guess who is attempting to cause Milliner to slide, the first team that jumps into my head is the Miami Dolphins. They are known to covet Milliner, and in a deep draft want to hang onto both of their second round picks, so they do not want to trade down. They need both of their second rounders, because the rumor is they may trade one to the Kansas City Chiefs for offensive tackle Branden Albert. More information is available in the “2013 NFL Draft Rumors: 72 Hours Until Round One” link below.
SportSmasher.com 2013 NFL Draft Content:
Dee Milliner: Report – Misinformation Being Spread To Hurt Draft Stock (04.23.2013)
2013 NFL Draft Rumors: 72 Hours Until Round One (04.22.2013)
2013 NFL Draft: All-Sleeper Team – Defense (04.19.2013)
2013 NFL Draft: All-Sleeper Team – Offense (04.18.2013)
2013 NFL Mock Draft (Version 6.0) Rounds 1 & 2 (04.17.2013)
2013 NFL Draft Rumors: Ten Days Away From Draft Day (04.15.2013)
2013 NFL Draft Big Board (Version 2.0) (04.03.2013)
2013 NFL Combine: Winners & Losers (02.25.2013)
2013 NFL Draft: Ranking The Pass Rushers (02.14.2013)
2013 NFL Mock Draft: Version 4.0 (02.14.2013)
2013 NFL Draft Big Board (Version 1.0) (02.08.2013)
2013 NFL Mock Draft (Version 3.0) (01.24.2013)
Geno Smith: Dispelling The NFL Draft Myths (01.17.2013)
2013 NFL Mock Draft (Version 2.0) (11.30.2012)
2013 NFL Mock Draft (Version 1.0) (10.19.2012)
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