It's safe to say that Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner has solidified his spot at the top of NFL Draft rankings for the cornerback position. In fact, he likely has solidified his status as one of the top players in the entire draft after running a 4.37 40-yard dash at the 2013 NFL Combine on Tuesday. Milliner responded to questions about his athleticism over the weekend by simply saying that his critics should watch the combine, and he backed up his confidence in a big way.

Last week, Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew noted that the 40-yard dash is quite important in the evaluation process for cornerbacks. Mayhew, who was a cornerback in his playing days, considers corners who run something below 4.5 to be fast, and he said that players with slower times "have to have something else going for them."

Clearly, Milliner has established himself as fast with his 40-yard dash time. His drills weren't outstanding, as he dropped a lot of passes, but Milliner is without a doubt in the mix for the Lions' first-round pick. That was the case even before Tuesday, but now it wouldn't be a stretch to call Milliner one of the favorites for the fifth overall pick. The argument against him was that he isn't an elite cornerback and isn't worth the fifth overall pick as a result, but that claim seems to be disappearing a bit now.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about all of this is what Sports Illustrated's Peter King said about Milliner and the Lions on Monday. King called Milliner to the Lions