Never Too Early

Its never to early to look at 2013 Mock drafts as bowl games are played, players declare for the draft, NFL Combine and then NFL Free Agency.

Bleacher Report 12/31/12: The Pick: CB Dee Milliner, Alabama

This should be a no-brainer. The Tennessee Titans have one of the worst defenses in the NFL, which makes their first selection a given as the best defender available.

The Alabama defense sends plenty of first-rounders to the NFL, but Dee Milliner may be the best pro-quality cornerback we’ve seen from Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide. And as a man-coverage cornerback with the size to compete at the top level, Milliner will be an instant upgrade in Tennessee.
The team does have Alterraun Verner and Jason McCourty in place, but in today’s NFL you need at least three good cornerbacks, and in my eyes Verner would be better off filling that No. 3 cornerback role. Milliner can essentially come in and replace Cortland Finnegan, who the team lost to the St. Louis Rams in free agency last summer.

Note: Te'o falls to 17th to the Steelers 12/28/12: The Pick: CB Dee Milliner, Alabama

Unfortunately for the Titans' secondary, the team doesn't get to play Mark Sanchez every week. Tennessee has to improve the talent in its vulnerable secondary. Milliner is the top man-cover corner in the 2013 NFL Draft, so this is a nice value pick for the Titans.
Milliner was dominant in the 2012 season opener against the Wolverines. He had five tackles, four passes broken up and returned an interception 35 yards. Milliner's one mistake came when he lost his footing and fell down in man coverage. That allowed his receiver to get wide open for a score.
Milliner followed up that contest with great games against Ole Miss and Missouri. He had his worst game of the season against Mississippi State. Milliner had a pass interference penalty, a special teams penalty, a missed tackle and allowed some catches. He had a rough outing against Texas A&M and was burned for a 24-yard touchdown on a corner post route.
The junior has 51 tackles, two interceptions, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and 18 passes broken up in 2012. He is tied for second in the nation with 20 total passes defensed.
Milliner worked his way onto the field in 2011 with a secondary stacked with NFL talent in Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick, Robert Lester and DeQuan Menzie. Milliner (6-1, 199) had 27 tackles, three interceptions and nine pases broken up. He played extremely well.

Note: Te'o picked 10th to the Chargers 12/31/12: The Pick: DE Sam Montgomery, LSU

The less heralded of the two Tiger ends, Montgomery is the more polished and more ready to make an impact in the NFL. He is a good athlete and pass rusher, but also stout enough to control the run game. His ability to play both will be a welcomed addition to the Titan front four.

Note: Te'o picked 11th to the Chargers

CBS Rob Rang 12/26/12: The Pick: DT Star Lotulelei, Utah

The clear dominant team in the AFC South division is Houston and for the Titans to compete with them, they'll need to be able to slow down the Texans' dominant ground game. Lotulelei has been's top-rated senior defender all year long due to his ability to clog running lanes and improving pass rush.

Note: Te'o picked 5th to the Lions

CBS Dane Brugler 12/26/12: The Pick: DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

The Titans have received very average production from their starting defensive ends Kamerion Wimbley and Derrick Morgan (8.5 combined sacks) and with little depth behind them, the Titans need to add another rusher to the fold.

Note: Te'o picked 5th to the Lions

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