The New York Jets cornerback Dee Milliner struggled throughout most of his rookie season. However down the stretch, under the tutelage of Ed Reed, Milliner put his skills together to show Jets fans why John Idzik and Rex Ryan loved him so much coming out of college.
Milliner was dominant at Alabama where he shut down the SEC's best receivers but his transition into the NFL wasn't as smooth as many would have hoped. When Idzik decided to part ways with Antonio Cromartie, now in Arizona, and passed on other top corners in free agency, like Dominque Rogers-Cromartie and Darrelle Revis, the Jets' second year GM stood by his first pick in the 2013 Draft. Idzik believes Milliner can be a dominant corner in the NFL and that he will be the Jets shutdown corner for a long time.
The second year player has a few teammates in his corner, rooting him on as well. Fellow cornerback Ellis Lankster thinks so highly of Milliner that he feels confident in saying that he can be one of the NFL's top corners.
"I feel like Dee has matured," cornerback Ellis Lankster said. "Dee knows the game now. The last four weeks of the season, Ed Reed took Dee under his wing. He just taught him the game. As of right now, I feel like, in the future or this year, Dee is going to be one of the top corners in the NFL."
In the closing games of his rookie campaign, Milliner recorded 21 tackles and three interceptions. The three picks came in the final two games against the Cleveland Browns and the Miami Dolphins and he ended the season with a bang.
Jets fans hope that Milliner can be the elite corner that Lankster predicts him to be. With a less than stellar depth chart at cornerback, Gang Green will need Milliner to step up his game and play like his final four of last year. Also, Milliner needs to be consistent and put all of his weapons together to shut down the NFL's top receivers.