Three years ago, Raekwon McMillan showed up in Columbus, Ohio, as a 247Sports 5-star prospect and one of the premier signees of the Urban Meyer era. On Friday, McMillan found out where he’ll be beginning his next journey, as the Miami Dolphins selected the linebacker in the second round (No. 54 overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.
A second-team All-American selection as a junior in 2016, McMillan led the Buckeyes in tackles in each of the past two seasons. Despite only playing for three seasons, the Hinesville, Ga., native leaves Ohio State with 275 career tackles — 18 of which came for a loss — and 6 sacks to his credit.
The top-ranked inside linebacker in the 2014 class, McMillan arrived at Ohio State ready to play from Day 1 of his college career and essentially served as a co-starter as a true freshman while playing alongside senior Curtis Grant on the Buckeyes’ national title team. In 2015, he was selected as a finalist for the Butkus Award, a year before serving as the defensive leader of another College Football Playoff team.
“He’s exceeded every expectation,” Meyer said season. “I’ve had very few like that. From Day 1, when he walked on campus, he was a grown man.”
Despite his impressive college accomplishments — and an impressive 4.61-second 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine — questions throughout the draft process persisted regarding McMillan’s athleticism. Now he knows where he’ll be beginning his career as he attempts to disprove those doubts.