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Lions visit with Chance Warmack and Dee Milliner

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Under Nick Saban, it’s been much easier to list the names of Alabama football players who aren’t pro prospects than to keep up with the long list of guys who will make the leap from Saturdays in Tuscaloosa to Sundays in the NFL.

This year’s draft has a couple of former members of the Tide poised to go in the top 10 and both of those prospects were in Detroit on Monday. Tim Twentyman of the Lions website reports that guard Chance Warmack and cornerback Dee Milliner both visited with the Lions, who own the fifth overall pick later this month.

Both players would fit needs for the Lions, who could use both a starting guard and a starting cornerback as they try to rebound from their dismal finish in 2012. Both seem likely to be available when the Lions are on the board, but there’s enough interest in each player that it could work out the exact opposite way come draft day.

Milliner told Twentyman that the recheck of his shoulder in Indianapolis went “very well” and that his torn labrum is healing up well enough to keep him on track for camp this summer.

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15 Responses to “Lions visit with Chance Warmack and Dee Milliner”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 8, 2013 1:38 PM

    The Lions have even more options if they shrewdly trade down.

  2. jjb0811 says: Apr 8, 2013 1:41 PM

    Detroit is easy to figure out. Draft a DL high, then trade back into the 1st and get a banged up RB. All the while making sure NOT to address their dreaded D backfield.

  3. polegojim says: Apr 8, 2013 1:44 PM

    Cornerback, cornerback, cornerback…. did I mention cornerback???

    Go LIONS…. cornerback!

  4. gosuhgo says: Apr 8, 2013 1:51 PM

    Not sure we can take a guard with a top five pick. The position just is not that important. I think I’d be ok with n
    D mill but I’d really prefer the best outside pass rusher. Also I think warmacks arm is thicker than my torso.

  5. jumpball81td says: Apr 8, 2013 2:14 PM

    Hopefully, Fischer is still on the board at #5. Top need is an OT since Backus and Cherulis are gone. Got to keep Stafford protected and open some holes for Bush.

  6. lionsmark09 says: Apr 8, 2013 2:27 PM

    Didn’t the Lions draft three CBs last year. Hope they don’t take a CB at 5. Safety was the issue last year not CB. Real fans know that. Best Player Available. And it won’t be Milliner. Probably an OT or DE.

  7. polegojim says: Apr 8, 2013 2:45 PM

    Unfortunately LionsMark… obviously we don’t have much to show for it.

    When you leak like a sieve in the secondary, it messes with your front line and just makes every game a ‘shoot out’. Lions need to be able to win games when scoring 20 or less…. they couldn’t last year. ZERO confidence in stopping drives.

    It’s not a sexy choice… but they either trade down and pick up a more ‘proven’ CB from another team… which they’re not in line for at this point… or pick Milliner.

  8. jjb0811 says: Apr 8, 2013 2:58 PM

    You’re right Lionsmark, you took 3 CB’s last year 3rd, 5th & 6th round picks. The last time you spent a higher pick was in ’06 on Bullocks.

    When you go 0-16, have the worst pass D that year, and still refuse to call DB’s a position of need, you continually have sub 500 years.

  9. mjkelly77 says: Apr 8, 2013 3:41 PM

    thestrategyexpert says:Apr 8, 2013 1:38 PM

    The Lions have even more options if they shrewdly trade down.
    _____________________

    Obviously. But it takes two to tango.

  10. mjkelly77 says: Apr 8, 2013 3:44 PM

    The top two needs of the Lions are OT and DE. If Fisher is available, that’s how it will happen. Fisher and then the best DE available.

  11. warhammer420 says: Apr 8, 2013 3:47 PM

    I’d be happy with either of them. Warmack is the highest rated player overall in the draft class. I’d love to see the Lions get a dominant lineman like him.

  12. footballfather says: Apr 8, 2013 4:19 PM

    @jjbo811 – you obviously have no knowledge of the Lions, and are way too comfortable barking your false knowledge behind the safety of your keyboard. The Lions have “drafted a DL high, then traded back into the first round and drafted a banged up RB” a grand total of ONE time (Ndamukong Suh and Jahvid Best). How does that make them easy to figure out??

    You also mentioned that they’ve “made sure NOT to address their dreaded D backfield.” That is just laughable because they’ve drafted 4 CBs in the last three years. Please don’t comment if you have no idea what you’re talking about.

  13. footballfather says: Apr 8, 2013 4:25 PM

    The only problem I have with them drafting Warmack is that he is a LG, and the best O-lineman on the Lions’ roster at the moment is their LG (Rob Sims). That means someone has to switch positions, and that adds an extra layer of risk. To me, there are two ideal scenarios: A) They draft Fisher at #5 and put Reiff at RG. They know Reiff can play Guard because he played all 5 O-line positions in college and he’s a better run-blocker than pass-blocker (not that he’s a bad pass blocker); B) They’re able to trade down and still draft Warmack, maybe somewhere closer to pick 8, 9 or 10. That might be a lot harder to do, but to be there is something that makes me uneasy about drafting a G so high, even though Warmack is supposedly very worthy of that high of a pick.

  14. sgtdiver says: Apr 8, 2013 5:28 PM

    If there is one thing I know about my Lions it’s that they will draft a player they aren’t bringing to Allen Park.

  15. blowtorch1964 says: Apr 8, 2013 10:22 PM

    Warmack is a pillar of granite, this guy really looks the part.

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