Have the Detroit Lions found their first round pick? Detroit General Manager Martin Mayhew likes cornerbacks with speed. Alabama’s Dee Milliner posted unofficial times of 4.31 and 4.37 seconds in the 40-yard dash today.
Previous to the combine, Milliner’s speed and athleticism were questioned. His response after his 40 yard dash: “You’ve always got to have confidence in the plays that you can make, your ability that you have,” Milliner said Sunday. “I feel like I am the best DB in all of this. No offense to all them other DBs, just I believe in what I can do and all the plays that I can make.”
The Lions have a glaring need at cornerback, with starters Chris Houston and Jacob Lacey headed for unrestricted free agency, and will seriously consider Milliner with the No. 5 overall pick.
Mayhew said Friday he likes his cornerbacks to post sub-4.5-second 40 times at the combine.
“I think we know what fast is,” Mayhew said. “We like fast.”
Dwayne Gratz, cornerback from UConn, is meeting with the Lions. His time was 4.35. North Carolina State’s David Amerson and Miami (Fla.)’s Brandon McGee (both 4.38) also ran sub-4.4 40s.
Johnny Adams from Michigan State ran a 4.45/40, and impressed with 16 reps on the bench press.
In related news, Tom Brady, who voluntarily took a reduction in his salary to make way for signing free agents, and acquiring players to help them make a run at the Super Bowl, will be paid less than several underachievers in the NFL. Among them are Phillip Rivers, Tony Romo, and Carson Palmer.
I consider Brady’s “sacrifice” indicative of his competiveness, and ‘team’ attitude. He has proven himself, unlike the three aforementioned QB’s who have yet to succeed in the playoffs, never mind going to a Super Bowl.
Columnist-The Guardian Express