The Detroit Lions were surely happy to see the top cornerback in the NFL draft, Alabama's Dee Milliner, run two blazing -- but as of now, unofficial -- times Tuesday morning in the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine. If he wasn't already in the realistic conversation for the Lions' No. 5 overall pick, he is now.
Milliner ran his 40s in 4.31 and 4.37 seconds, based on hand-timing on the field. Update: His official time was 4.37 seconds.
Speed is only one portion of the evaluation of any player, but at cornerback it is pretty important. Speaking about the position last week at the combine, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said: "We like fast."
Milliner is to have surgery to repair a torn labrum but, barring any complications, he figures to be a prime candidate for the Lions. I'll have a post later Tuesday on the complexities the Lions face at the top of the draft, given their run of injuries and character problems among recent draft choices.