In a predicable move, Ohio State middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan declared for the 2017 NFL Draft on Wednesday. The junior announced his decision on Twitter.
A former five-star recruit who was the nation’s top-ranked middle linebacker as a high school senior, the Georgia native enrolled at Ohio State in January 2014 with sky-high expectations. Three years later, McMillan leaves Columbus as a two-time first team All-Big Ten selection, an All-American, and a national champion who twice led the Buckeyes in tackles.
As a freshman on the 2014 national championship team, McMillan — whose awesome first name comes the Wu-Tang Clan rapper with the same moniker — played in a timeshare with senior Curtis Grant at middle linebacker. McMillan out-snapped Grant on defense in nine of the team’s 15 games, collecting freshman All-American honors from three different media outlets after he logged 54 tackles (2.5 for loss) and 2.5 sacks.
In 2015, McMillan led Ohio State in tackles seven different times and finished with a team-high 119 stops (4 TFL). He was on the field for nearly 900 snaps.
This past season, McMillan had 102 tackles (7 TFL), 19 more than any other Buckeye. McMillan really showed out to end the season, tallying 16 tackles against Michigan and 15 stops opposite Clemson. Six separate media outlets named McMillan to their second team All-American list.
McMillan is widely expected to be selected within the draft’s first two rounds.