Oct 20, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Dee Milliner (28) breaks up a touchdown pass intended for Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Justin Hunter (11) during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Draft: Dee Milliner Facing Surgery After Combine

Detroit Lions fans hoping the team makes Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner their top pick faced some bad news this morning. ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that Milliner will undergo surgery after the combine to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Milliner reportedly suffered the injury at some point during the college season and played through it. Now he will participate fully at the combine, except for the bench press. Optimism is high for Milliner’s availability for training camp however. Schefter secured a quote from one of Milliner’s representatives:

“The doctors have informed us that he will be 100 percent and fully recovered in time for training camp in July,” said Tony Fleming, one of Milliner’s reps with Impact Sports. “We will be providing all NFL clubs information prior to surgery and updates close to the draft.”

Hopefully that is true for the sake of whichever team ends up drafting Milliner. Words from reps need to be taken with a grain of salt at this point. Remember, it is their job to make their clients look as good as possible and to minimize any potential red flags.

Lions fans, how does this news make you feel about the possibility of Milliner being the fifth overall pick?

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