Alabama’s Dee Milliner is confident he and Joe Haden will form the best cornerback tandem in the NFL if the Browns tab him with the No. 6 overall pick in the draft.
“I really think we can,” Milliner said in a phone interview today. “Not to be cocky or anything, but I think we’d be two really dynamic players who could go out and do great things for this defense.”
Can he think of another pair that’d top them?
“No, not right now, I don’t think so,” he said. “Oh man, that would be awesome. I think we’d make a great combo and we’d accomplish some great things together.”
Milliner, the undisputed premier cornerback in this draft, had the thrill of meeting former first-rounder Haden on Monday when he paid a pre-draft visit to the Browns. The two sat down and chatted, and Milliner watched one of his film heroes come to life.
“I study the top cornerbacks in the league to see what techniques I can put into my arsenal,” Milliner. “I’ve watched film of guys like Champ Bailey, Darrelle Revis, Patrick Peterson and Joe. Joe has great fundamentals and he’s definitely going to be one of the great DBs in the game. I really enjoyed meeting him. I’ve played against him, but have never really gotten a chance to talk to him.”
What would it mean to have the two roaming the defensive backfield together?
“I definitely think we’d be a playoff contender,” Milliner said.