COLUMBUS, Ohio — As Ohio State’s 2017 roster continues to take shape, the Buckeyes now know one of the biggest pieces it will need to replace in the coming year.
Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan announced on Wednesday that he will forego his senior season and enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
Thank You !! pic.twitter.com/ucRsP47buI
— Raekwon McMillan (@Kwon_daTRUTH) January 4, 2017
McMillan’s decision to make the jump to the pros hardly comes as a surprise. The second-team All-American has been considered one of the draft’s top linebacker prospects since the end of his sophomore season. In his most recent big board, Bleacher Report draft analyst Matt Miller listed McMillan as his fourth-ranked linebacker and No. 47 overall prospect.
The 6-foot-2, 243-pound McMillan has led Ohio State in tackles in each of the past two years, tallying 119 in 2015 and 102 this past season. He also played a prominent role as a rotation player throughout the Buckeyes’ run to the College Football Playoff championship in his freshman season.
McMillan’s Ohio State, legacy, however began before he ever arrived in Columbus in 2014. A 5-star prospect by way of Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County, McMillan was one of the most highly-touted defensive recruits in program history and one of the first prominent players Urban Meyer signed for the Buckeyes out of the South.
“Especially to go down in the state of Georgia and pull out a player like that,” Meyer said this past season, “that’s either 1, 1A or 1B on big signings that we’ve had.”
It’d also be tough to argue that he didn’t live up to the hype over the course of his three-year Ohio State career.
“He’s exceeded every expectation,” Meyer said last month. “I’ve had very few like that. From Day 1, when he walked on campus, he was a grown man.”
With his college career now officially over, McMillan has officially cemented his legacy as one of the top linebackers in Buckeyes history. Now we’ll see what the future holds for him at the next level.