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Milliner visit adds more intrigue to Bucs draft prep

Posted Apr 4, 2013 by Roy Cummings

Updated Apr 4, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Tribune Staff

TAMPA – You won’t find a mock draft that has Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner falling to the Bucs at No. 13, but the Bucs aren’t taking any chances. They’re doing everything they can to get to know Milliner intimately.

That includes having him in for a visit today at One Buc Place.

According to Ian Rappoport of, Milliner was scheduled to arrive at One Buc place on Wednesday evening and extend his visit through today, which is in an interesting development.

The Bucs are obviously in need of cornerback help, especially after passing on them so far in free agency, and this could be an indication they are willing to move up to get one – namely Milliner.

Of course, moving into range to get Milliner could require quite a leap. It may even require getting into the top five, because Cleveland, which picks sixth overall, is believed to be after cornerback help as well.

The Titans, Chargers and Dolphins, who pick 10th, 11th and 12th respectively, all have needs at cornerback, too, so the chances of Milliner falling naturally to the Bucs seems slim.

That’s why Milliner’s visit is so intriguing. The Bucs have always made a point of visiting with top prospects, even if they don’t envision them falling to them on draft day.

But this visit suggests the Bucs are preparing not only for that possibility but the chance that someone in the top five may want to move down and thus offer them a chance to draft a player that currently seems unattainable.

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