Jan 4, 2013; Fort Lauderdale FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Dee Milliner (28) during a press conference for the 2013 BCS National Championship game at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort

Notre Dame Opponent Player Preview: Dee Milliner

DeMarcus “Dee” Milliner is one of the top Cornerbacks in the nation. According to CBSSports.com, Milliner is the highest NFL Draft prospect for the 2013 class. Milliner is projected anywhere from 6th to 13th in April’s Draft. The Fighting Irish Receiver will have a challenge when they line up against him Monday night in Miami.

When a pass has been completed against the Crimson Tide this season, it rarely has been on Dee Milliner. At 6’1” 198, Milliner has excellent size for a Cornerback at both the collegiate and NFL levels. In addition to great size, he features excellent speed. It is projected that he runs about a 4.47 40-yard dash.

Milliner has stuffed the stat sheet this season at Cornerback. He has collected 51 tackles (33 solo, 18 assisted). 4 of those tackles were for loss including 1.5 sacks. Milliner has forced 3 turnovers this season, 2 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery. He also has forced one fumble and blocked a kick. The most astounding stat about Milliner is how many passes he has broken up. He has stopped a total of 18 passes this season. No one on Notre Dame’s team is even close to that total.

Challenging Milliner will be difficult. The most productive strategy may be just to not throw the ball anywhere near #28. Of course, this strategy would limit Notre Dame to half of the field. However, Notre Dame could challenge this future 1st round player with a potential 1st rounder of their own in Tyler Eifert.

It is unlikely that Milliner has faced anyone as good as Eifert. What may be most challenging for Milliner is Eifert’s excellent size and athleticism. At 6’6” 251, Eifert is 5 inches taller and outweighs Milliner by 53 pounds. Attempting to get one-on-one match-ups between the two All-Americans may be Notre Dame’s biggest hope of completing passes on Dee Milliner.

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