The wait was a little longer than some expected, but Alabama Crimson Tide cornerback Dee Milliner became the first Tide player off the board as he was selected ninth overall by the New York Jets in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Milliner was projected by some as a Top five pick coming into the draft, but concerns over his injury history dropped him a bit. It was revealed that he had five surgeries this offseason leading up to the draft. His 4.3 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine solidified his position in the draft’s first ten picks.
The Jets recently traded All Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Buccanneers, so they selected his replacement in Milliner with the ninth pick.
Milliner becomes the fifth Alabama player in the last three years to be selected in the Top 10 of the draft, and gives Alabama a Top 10 selection for the fourth consecutive season.