Reports surfaced Monday that Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner, a possibility for the Browns with the sixth pick in Thursday’s draft, has had four surgeries and might be slipping in the draft because of medical concerns, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Several league sources believe the reports are a smear campaign to devalue Milliner before the draft.
“Teams have known about these surgeries all along,” a source said. “They haven’t been a secret and this is not a big issue.”
In addition to Milliner’s surgery last month to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder, he’s had a rod inserted in his tibia near his ankle, a knee scope and a hernia surgery, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen
“There is some concern out there about Milliner and his medical history,” Mortensen said on his “Mort Report.” And it’s not misinformation, not trying to make a guy fall down [the draft] because all teams have this same information.”
Mortensen’s colleague, Todd McShay, has also gotten the vibe that Milliner might be slipping, saying on “NFL 32” on Monday that he “might fall a little bit” on draft day. He moved Milliner back to No. 10 in his latest mock draft, citing durability concerns and “not elite ball skills.”
Reports also circulated Monday that Milliner might not be ready for training camp because of the labrum repair. He told The Plain Dealer last week that he “should be full strength for training camp or sometime in August at the latest.”