The New York Jets started their rebuilding process under new GM John Idzik by drafting defense in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft. A week after trading Darrelle Revis, the Jets used the No. 9 overall pick on Dee Milliner.
The former Alabama cornerback was regarded as the best player at his position in this draft despite injury issues. Milliner is excited to be a Jet and is looking forward to the opportunity of playing for Rex Ryan. Dee Milliner joined 98.7 ESPN New York with The Michael Kay Show to discuss his excitement of being drafted by the New York Jets, visiting the Jets during the workout process, Alabama’s defense being similar to the Jets’ style of defense, filling in for Darrelle Revis and being considered the best cornerback in the NFL draft.
How excited were you to get drafted by the New York Jets?
“Oh man, it was fun. I enjoyed the process and to finally get to a team and know that I could call it my home.”
Going into the draft, how much knowledge did you have of the Jets and the city of New York?
“I had taken a visit, but going out there I knew everything was going to be fine. There was going to be no problem, and when it comes down to it I didn’t know I was going to be available at the time, but I was there and they decided to take me when I was available.”
Has Rex Ryan told you that Alabama does very similar things that the Jets do?
“Yeah, very much. They like press-man coverage and being in your face and trying to get your hands on the receivers and coming at the quarterback.”
Are you ready to fill in Darrelle Revis’s position and the scrutiny that will come with that?
“Yeah, I’m fine with it. I don’t look at it like that. I’m just trying to go about my business. I’m trying to get myself right and do the things that I need to do and go out there and control.”
A lot of analysts felt you were the best cornerback in the draft. How does that make you feel?
“I mean, I feel great man. It’s great people said that about me. I believe in myself and have faith and confidence in what I can do. I think I can get the job done. For people to say that about me, I feel blessed and very grateful for the opportunity.”