Milliner Cut-Ups from SEC Champ and BCS Champ Games
I'll be honest on a few things:
1) I didn't watch much of Milliner because I really didn't think we were drafting a CB in the first round
2) I wasn't thrilled when we picked him because I was peeved that Cooper/Austin got picked right before us.
That being said, I really liked what I saw in these two games. Here's some of the takeaways from those two games:
- My my, he is big. I know he's listed at 6' even and I was watching college competition, but he almost looks like a safety out there with his size.
- Guy is a demon working outside the numbers. He'll consistently get his hands on you, flip his hips, stay with the man, and pinch him to the sidelines. Following along with that...
- Unlike Wilson, HE TURNS HIS FRIGGIN' HEAD AROUND AND LOCATES THE BALL! I wouldn't call him a ballhawk, but he's ready when the ball comes and does a great job of making the PD without initiating contact.
- Watched him play man and zone. On top of being a great M2M player, he has good instincts in zone coverage, recognizing when to bail and react when the ball is thrown.
- Guy can lay the lumber! He will not shy away from contact. That will help in run support or drilling a TE if he makes the catch.
Overall, I was very impressed with the guy. He's big, athletic, tough, and smart. I'm not going to anoint him anything, but he will be a great starter for us for years. Typically CBs have a bit of a learning curve in year one, but he does some of the little yet highly important things that are crucial to NFL success, namely ball recognition in the "moment of truth."
If Cro can play like he did last year then at worst Milliner will have to control the #2 WR or the slot. I think he will be ready especially if we get some pressure up front for a change. CB isn't going to be a weakness on this D. The questions are how the safety position comes together and if our LBs can cover a friggin TE for a change.
cmon, guys..... he can't catch.... I saw the extremely revealing and conclusive clips of him at the all important combine in February...
nothing is more important than those combine drills, after all
Maycock embarrassed himself with those clips. They were about as useful as a set of cut ups demonstrating that a drafted WR or QB doesn't seek out contact and wrap up well on a ball carrer after an interception.