Will Carroll is taking a look at the top draft picks in the 2013 NFL Draft with any medical questions. Carroll takes a look at the full spectrum of info, including injury history and exclusive medical insight from Dr. Neal ElAttrache, a medical consultant to many pro teams and the current L.A. Dodgers team physician.
Dee Milliner 6'0" 206, Cornerback from Alabama
Milliner was very durable during his career on the Crimson Tide. He started six games and played in all of them during his freshman season in Tuscaloosa. He apparently played some of his senior season with a torn labrum, but scouts say there was no evidence of the injury on first look through the film. It didn't affect his play, all the way to the National Title game where he blanketed the desperate Fighting Irish passing game.
The shoulder was repaired by Alabama team doctor James Andrews, which should limit any question about the surgery or recovery. As with Dion Jordan, who had a similar injury and similar time frame, Milliner should be ready for camp.
Milliner had a number of minor injuries, including a hernia, during his time in college, but none of these are any concern. Milliner only missed one game for a muscle strain. The Tide's medical staff are known to be aces at maintenance, holding players together through the season and having a long line for post-season surgeries in Birmingham.
"This kind of injury won't worry many teams. There's a ten to twelve percent risk of problems down the line, but that's pretty good and it isn't specific to the position. Players from Alabama get special consideration because of how good they've been and because they have Jimmy Andrews on the sideline. With the time he had the surgery, there's a good chance to see how the repair took before the draft. He's not going to move much because of this." - Dr. Neal ElAttrache
There's been some late shift away from Milliner as a no-doubt top cornerback, likely going to the Browns with the sixth pick. Even the deepest drop would only take Milliner into the mid-first round due to the need for shutdown corners with almost every team. B/R's Matt Miller agrees with the consensus, putting Milliner with the Browns in his latest mock draft.
Analysts have been picking apart Milliner's game film for months, but the arguments against him come down to preference and projection, not physical problems. While there are minor concerns on top of the labrum surgery, these were known issues before the combine.
Milliner's unique combination of size and speed is augmented by long arms. The labrum surgery will not cause any problems for him using them once healed, which should be in plenty of time for training camp.
These reports were compiled from various cited sources. All draft data courtesy NFL.com. Inside Look is exclusive to B/R from Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic and former team physician for the Los Angeles Rams. Dr. ElAttrache helps give insight into what the team doctors for NFL teams will be looking for in this type of player with injury concerns.
Will Carroll is the Lead Writer for Sports Medicine at Bleacher Report.
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