NFL Draft 2013: Dee Milliner considered top cornerback available

Kevin C. Cox

Injury concerns haven't dropped Dee Milliner's draft stock.

Former Alabama Crimson Tide cornerback Dee Milliner is still considered the top cornerback available in the 2013 NFL Draft by most teams in the league, despite reports surfacing regarding Milliner's health, according to Draft Insider.

Milliner most recently underwent surgery on his ailing shoulder, which will sideline him through NFL OTAs, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Before reports surfaced regarding Milliner's surgeries, he was considered the top cornerback in the draft, leading many draftniks and fans wondering how the injury news would affect his draft stock. Milliner's stock, however, appears to be unaffected, as 22 teams still rate the former Alabama standout as the top cornerback in the class.

That the majority of NFL teams still rank Milliner as the top cornerback likely signifies that teams throughout the league already knew about Milliner's injury history, and that his raw talent is just that much better than other cornerbacks in this draft class.

SB Nation's Dan Kadar ranked Milliner the sixth-best prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft two weeks ago -- prior to Milliner's injury history becoming public. Just days ago, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranked Milliner as the No. 4 prospect in the draft class, lauding his football smarts and "raw football skills."

Milliner is projected to go No. 6 overall to the Cleveland Browns in SB Nation's latest mock draft. Former Florida State Seminoles cornerback Xavier Rhodes is the only other cornerback projected to go in the first round, at No. 29 overall to the New England Patriots.

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