Our 2013 Community Mock Draft keeps rolling! In this annual exercise we put the fates of all 32 teams in the hands of our community. This exercise accomplishes several things. For one, we often have a bit of tunnel vision when it comes to the NFL. We will get a glimpse into the needs of each of the franchises. It also helps us get familiar with each of the first-round prospects because like last year in a trade up for Morris Claiborne, you never quite know what the future holds for Dallas.
Every GM has been informed of their team's needs and is ready to roll. Let's see who will be selected with the [second pick in the draft!
Selection: (CB) [Dee Milliner, Alabama]
Here's our GM with his explanation of the selection:
Why The Pick - This is a great depth draft for several positions, all of which the Jaguars need to fill quickly to compete in a division that is getting tougher. With Gus Bradley bringing in his defense, which relies on tough hard nosed players who are fast, Milliner would prove to be the true shutdown corner, similar to what Richard Sherman was with the Seahawks. A Bradley coached defense leans heavily on single-safety, middle-man and three-deep looks that allowed for both 4-3 and 3-4 principles, therefor a versatile CB who can play man, is of the utmost importance. Milliner has all of the tools and pedigree to turn into true shutdown corner at the next level.
HIGH PRIORITY TEAM NEEDS (lower number indicates higher priority) according to Drafttek.com
-- Threat Level Red (priority 1-2): 4-3 Defensive End
-- Threat Level Orange (priority 3-4): Cornerback, Right Tackle, Strong Safety, 4-3 OLB, Quarterback
-- Threat Level Yellow (priority 5-6): 4-3 Defensive Tackle, Running Back, Center
-- Threat Level Green (priority 9): Receiver (Slot, Feature, Posession), Left Tackle, Guard, Tight End, MLB, Free Safety
-- Drafttek.com ranked # Overall, # at the position
-- Russ Lande, National Football Post: # Overall, # at the position
STRENGTHS - Ball skills are a major plus and a rare attribute that Dee has in aces. He shows a great ability to finding and attacking the ball while it is in the air. His instincts are second to none even of player currently in the league. He is a smooth athlete and has a burst that make him effective in both man and zone schemes. He has a great frame that could even handle some more bulk which will help him against big WR'S.
WEAKNESSES - The main knock on Milliner is his lack of overall top end speed which will affect him if a receiver gets down field on him. He also is not the type of corner that will be able to make the tough interception due to average hands. One last area that he will need to improve is his tackling technique because he will more often dive at a receivers feet or just grab at them instead of wrapping up properly.
-- CBSSports.com ranked #5 overall, #1 at the position
-- DraftInsider.Net ranked #5 overall, #1 at the position
-- DraftCountdown ranked #6 overall, #1 at the position
-- Scout.com ranked #7 overall, #1 at the position
-- Mike Mayock ranked #1 at the position
-- NFLDraftScout.com profile (Dane Brugler):
STRENGTHS: Built well for the position. Plays with excellent coordination and smooth hips, using his arms and hands to knock down throws. Excellent awareness and read/react ability, getting his head turned and uses his eyes well to quickly find the ball.
Attacks the run and is a very good tackler, never backing down. He is a bruising hitter and does a nice job separating ball from receiver with terrific timing. Plays tight bump-and-run and enjoys pressing with little cushion. Closes quickly and baits throws, looking to make a play on each snap.
Smart and disciplined, but not shy about coming off his man to make a play. Physical striker and does a nice job avoiding blocks while keeping his eye on the ball. He processes information quickly and looks comfortable in space.
WEAKNESSES: Lacks elite speed and quick-twitch ability. Plays too aggressive at times and will take himself out of the play, missing some tackles. Has just one full season as a starter. Needs to refine some of his cover technique, most notably his backpedal.
Now On The Clock: The Oakland Raiders!